Acts 18:24-28 (JDV)
Acts 18:24 Now a Jew named Apollos, a native Alexandrian, a rhetorically skilled man who was competent in the use of the Scriptures, arrived in Ephesus.
Acts 18:25 He had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in breath, he was speaking and teaching accurately about Jesus, although he knew only John’s baptism.
Acts 18:26 He began to speak openly in the synagogue. After Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained the way of God to him more accurately.
Acts 18:27 When he wanted to cross over to Achaia, the brothers and sisters wrote to the disciples to welcome him. After he arrived, he was a great help to those who by grace had believed.
Acts 18:28 You see, he vigorously refuted the Jews publicly, demonstrating through the Scriptures that Jesus is the Messiah.
How I wish I had been there for that conversation, in which Priscilla and Aquila took Apollos aside and explained the way of God to him more accurately. He didn’t need more skill, and he knew the scriptures, and he was empowered and enthusiastic. But his explanation of the way of God just needed a touch more accuracy. Lots of us who preach long for that kind of something extra. Many are convinced they know what it is. I do not know what these two shared that day.
What I do know is this: if Apollos had not been willing to change, he would not have made the difference in Achaia that he did. If you want to be a competent discipler, you have to be willing to be discipled further, no matter what you already know. For every step in your journey, there will be appropriate training available.
Lord, give us a willingness to adjust so that we can be suited for our next mission.