We previously published Tony Raffa’s material regarding an “unteachable spirit.” This is material he has developed and presented to his “Crossroads” ABF Class on Sunday mornings. As promised, now we are able to share with you the qualities of a “teachable spirit,” also developed and presented by Tony in his ABF Class.
These points are based on I Kings 3:9-14. This is the account where Solomon, the new king of Israel, is given the opportunity to ask the Lord for whatever he wants. Solomon asks for a wise and discerning heart to govern the Lord’s people.
-Lord, you chose me to serve you as king of your great nation. Solomon was humble in his recognition that he only had this place of service because God had chosen the course of his life.
-Lord, I lack wisdom and experience and may not be qualified for this position. Solomon recognized the challenge that was before him.
-Lord, I ask that you may provide me with a heart that listens, intending to obey you. Solomon demonstrates in this statement the teachable spirit.
-Lord, that I may judge your people without prejudice or bias, but justly by your Word. Solomon demonstrates his servant heart.
-Lord, that I may be able to correctly decide between what you say is good and what is evil. Solomon wanted to be equipped to apply what the Scriptures say.
Hebrews 5:14 – “Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize between right and wrong.
I Timothy 4:8-9 – “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and the life to come. This is a trustworthy saying and everyone should accept it.
–Lord, I humbly bow before you undeserving of the responsibility to judge your people. Solomon recognizes that God gives grace to the humble.
-Lord, without your help, I am incapable to lead and govern your people. Solomon asked for a heart for God and to always follow him.
I Kings 9:12-14
So the Lord answered: I am giving you what you asked. I am giving you a wise and understanding heart so that there will never be anyone like you. I am also giving you what you have not asked for: riches and honor so that no other king will be like you as long as you live. And if you follow me and obey my laws and commands as your father David did, then I will also give you a long life.