Teachableness (Is that a word??)


Think being teachable as a follower of Christ is important?


I’d say so! Being a disciple of Christ means you place yourself under the tutelage of our great teacher – Jesus Christ. To be a disciple means to be a learner.


And we have a lot to learn.


“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so my ways are higher than your ways
and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
Isaiah 55:8-9


Have you ever had an unteachable employee or co-worker? It’s miserable!


Have you ever witnessed a young athlete with a boatload of talent, yet their promising career fizzles because they were uncoachable?


We are charged to constantly grow in our knowledge of Christ (2 Peter 3:18).


So how can we develop a teachable / coachable spirit? Let me suggest 5 ideas:

Talk less. It is a known fact – if you’re talking you can’t possibly be learning. A teachable person isn’t always talking; instead they know to…

Listen more. BOOM! That’s when you learn!

Read his Word. Developing such a specific habit indicates you know you don’t know it all and that you do have a lot to learn.

Ask Questions. A teachable person is inquisitive.

Find a mentor. This would not need to be an expert – just someone a little bit further along than you. And then when with them: talk less, listen more and ask questions!


What additional ideas do you have for developing a teachable spirit?






2 thoughts on “Teachableness (Is that a word??)

  1. Laura Slusar

    I think something important is to keep in mind a spirit of appreciating the uniqueness of another person.
    To remember that EVERYONE knows something we don’t know, and has a new perspective that we don’t.
    It makes listening and learning from that person all the more fascinating!

    1. dave Post author

      Great point Laura! We need the humility to truly believe that we can learn from anybody! Thanks for adding to the discussion.

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