Part 4 – The Life of the Learner
As Christians, we desire to live generously, and have wisdom-filled lives. So far, we have discussed: 1) the fear of the Lord as the beginning of wisdom 2) living a life of contentment, and 3) living a legacy life. Today we are focusing on: the life of a learner.
We ought to be passionate about this topic, because each of us should want to be better in every area. We should want to be better parents, children, siblings, friends, and citizens. But in order to improve, we need to be intentional about our growth. We must remain teachable in order to be taught. The first 10 chapters of the Book of Proverbs deal with the theme of learning.
1) Foolish Talk
Proverbs 10:8 says, “The wise are glad to be instructed, but babbling fools fall flat on their faces.”
Here are some types of people who speak foolishly:
The know it all
This is a person who exclusively trusts their own knowledge. “Those who trust their own insight are foolish, but anyone who walks in wisdom is safe” (Proverbs 28:26).
The “been there, done that” person
This is a person who considers themselves wise, and never listens. “Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others” (Proverbs 12:15).
This is a person who believes no one has done or achieved like they have, and enjoys being better than others. “Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions” (Proverbs 18:2).
If we don’t want to speak foolishly, we need a willingness to learn and listen.
2) The Listening Heart
Proverbs 1:5 says, “Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. Let those with understanding receive guidance.”
It doesn’t always feel good when you’re given advice. It can be easy to ignore, but a teachable person:
- Is humble
- Has a desire to grow
- Will embrace correction
Remember, correction is not rejection. Satan wants us to interpret correction as condemnation. If we do that, we will become bitter and stunt our growth. The Bible says, “To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction” (Proverbs 12:1).
We should be telling ourselves: “I’m willing to embrace the pain of correction to see the results of growth.” We all want success. This means we have to overcome the fear of rejection, the fear of being hurt, the fear of receiving advice.
We can all be learners. Here are 4 things that learners do:
They take the first step. They improve their position by asking others for advice. They ask, “what do you see in me which I can improve?” James 1:5 says, “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.” We must remain a constant learner, if we will have success in God.
We must take the next step after we learn. We need to implement, and put into action. We have to do what we have learned. “But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves” (James 1:22).
“But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favouritism and is always sincere” (James 3:17).
As we gain wisdom we become more like Jesus. Our lives becomes better. Now the season of improvement may not always be fun, but it is needed. Encouragement feels good, correction promotes growth. See Colossians 1:25-28.
This is where it shifts from us to others. As we show a teachable spirit and willingness to learn, we can then begin to inspire others to be teachable as well.
A little bit of wisdom #4: The habit of a teachable spirit produces a life of consistent wisdom.
This sermon was preached by Pastor Elio Marrocco on June 30, 2019 at New Life Christian Church