26. LIFELONG LEARNABILITY

"These words present before the worker for Christ a high attainment, yet this attainment all can reach who, putting themselves under the control of the Great Teacher, learn daily in the school of Christ. The power at God's command is limitless, and the minister who in his great need shuts himself in with the Lord may be assured that he will receive that which will be to his hearers a savor of life unto life.'"

APPLICATION

a. Principle Focus (review)

Lifelong learnability--this phrase is coined to say exactly what a minister needs-the ability to learn anywhere, anytime; to be self-motivated, alone. The minister, therefore, is a self-learner, always growing, always developing, always open to learn throughout all situations, with or without an instructor.

b. Scriptural Foundation (study)

Solomon, in 1 Kings 3  and throughout the book of Ecclesiastes, provides us a blueprint on the essential characteristic needed to be a learning leader-the spirit of wisdom. This implies not only that one is wise and insightful, but a learner as well. Attitude of wisdom is a quintessential characteristic for the excelling minister.

c. Behavior Outcomes (model)

  • I ask God for wisdom consistently in my prayer life, I will seek it in Bible study, and I will listen for it from wise people and wise resources (i.e., books, the Internet, CDs, etc.).
  • I will daily seek wisdom wherever and whenever I can find it, for wisdom is not only a commodity, but an attitude.

d. Personal Assessment (evaluate)

How satisfied am I with the development of this characteristic in my ministry? (Circle one.)

1 2 3 4 5
Extremely
Dissatisfied
Somewhat
Satisfied
Extremely
Satisfied

e. Action Plan (implement)

What will I do to increase my effectiveness in this area? (Write your intentions.)





MEDITATION

"Lord, willingness and ability are so important. Place within my heart a deep desire to learn and to grow. Help me to set aside pride or sin that might prevent the learning moment. Let it be my habit that I will seek wisdom out wherever it is to be found. Help me to be a wise and compassionate leader who nurtures knowledge, insight, discernment, experience, and understanding, all of which combine to equal wisdom. For in learning I am growing, and in growing I am excelling."