The joy of learning something is certainly in the top 10 of earthly pleasures among the mature. Yet, being taught by another doesn’t always have the same appeal even to the mature, not to mention among the self-conceited, always-right-in-their-own-eyes, opinionated immature.

The Scriptures draw us to being more teachable in many ways. Here is a small test to determine how teachable you really are. Following each question is a Biblical starting point in helping you answer better next year this time. This is specifically for you as a Christian and your relationship to the Christians God has placed around you. We are specially privileged to have those around us who also believe the Book of Truth and Wisdom! Let us not neglect that source of learning!

Tests of Teachability
(choose the answer that best describes you at present as well as the answer that you wish were true of you)

TEST#1: How well do I accept input from those around me? (Proverbs 9:9)

(I am very gullible) 1  2  3  4  5 (I am exclusively self-discerning)

TEST#2:  How much prior-thinking time do you invest in church events and Christian relationships? (participant in Hebrews 10:24-25)

(none…vague awareness…a general thought or two…intentional goals)

TEST#3: My reason for speaking to other believers at church events is: (receiving end of Colossians 3:16)

(never thought of it, I just do it / meet a relational or spiritual need of another / pass the time till the meeting begins / be friendly and build a relationship / receive counsel for another)

TEST#4: I seek out encouragement and advice from others. (Proverbs 19:20)

(never … can do better … mostly … always)

TEST#5: I will learn everything I can from someone who knows God’s word better than me. (Proverbs 13:14)

(always … mostly … only on certain topics … only from certain people … rarely)

TEST#6: What attitude best describes your relationship to your spiritual leaders? (1 Peter 5:5)

(full submission / guarded compliance / mere agreement / mostly indifferent)

TEST#7: I humbly listen to, take advice from, and value the oversight and accountability of the leaders of the church. (Hebrews 13:7, 17)

(always / sometimes / rarely / never)