“Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, competent in the Scriptures. He had been instructed in the way of the Lord. And being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. And when he wished to cross to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him. When he arrived, he greatly helped those who through grace had believed, for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, showing by the Scriptures that the Christ was Jesus.” Acts 18:24-28
Apollos, educated and competent, was neither lax nor smug. His zeal of Spirit ignited desire to teach what he knew of the Scriptures, and to learn more from them himself and grow in wisdom. Helped by Priscilla and Aquila, who were also motivated to see God’s word spread and who graciously took time to teach him, he carried the ways of God to everyone he could. As we through grace believe, by grace we can continue to grow.
Having completed a degree, received a promotion, won the ribbon, or crossed the finish line, we might think we’ve ‘arrived.’ But in the Christian life, there is to be no static living, no complacency, no sense of ‘I’ve made it and don’t need to make anymore.’ The Lord Jesus, ever-living and always interceding, compels a life of purpose and growth until the moment He calls us home. We were created to do His destined work, and it has, overall, no expiration date. He may move us from one service or location to another, but never not move us forward. Through the days and years we’re being changed from glory to glory, we are called to steadfastly grow in the grace and knowledge of God, and help others do the same. (Nehemiah 8:2-3,6-8; Romans 8:34; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 2:10)
Are we bent on vibrant, high living, but on our terms? Are we resting on past laurels and think it’s time now to relinquish all effort and let others do the work? Do we shy away from Bible study and meaningful fellowship because we’ve done it all once, or before, discounting the power of His living Word and God’s command to continually add to our faith virtue, and to virtue, knowledge? If we have learned a lot over the years, are we hoarding the wisdom God has nurtured, or sharing it? How are we invigorating others to learn and grow in the ways of the Lord, to stretch their faith and apply His Word? How willing are we to speak up, come alongside, or serve as a role model in ministry or discipleship? (Deuteronomy 30:14; 2 Peter 1:5-7)
It takes daily sustenance in the Word and a will to do heartily the works He’s prepared for us in order to grow and make a difference. Would we initiate fresh determination to follow Apollos’s lead?
Lord, instruct and refine me day by day, that I might speak eloquently and live elegantly for Thee. Keep me open to learning, and courageous to keep growing, that You be glorified.