Room for Improvement
“This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.”
As good as anything gets, there is always room for improvement. The verse above talks about a man named Apollos who seemed to have the whole package, but he still had room for improvement. His ability to influence people for right was tremendous, but though he still had this capability because of abilities, he still had areas he needed to correct in his life. Let me show you some of the qualities that Apollos had that made him such an asset to the Gospel.
First, he was an eloquent man. In other words, he had the ability to persuade people with the way he conversed with them. Every believer would be wise to work on their speaking abilities. Never settle for your inadequacies to speak; rather, learn to improve your speaking abilities. The eloquence of Apollos allowed him to be a great asset to the Gospel, and the more you learn to speak in a proper and persuasive manner the more people you will be able to help.
Second, he was mighty in the Scriptures. Every believer should study God’s Word so that they have a scriptural answer for every question. There is no excuse to be a novice concerning the Scriptures, especially in a day when the Scriptures are so accessible. Let me encourage you to be a student of God’s Word so that you have a scriptural answer to every question.
Third, he was instructed in the way of the LORD. In other words, he was knowledgeable about how the church was to run. My friend, while you are serving in the church, learn the ways that the church runs so that you can teach others those ways. A church filled with people who understand the procedures and ways that a church is to conduct itself is a church that has the ability to influence more people.
Fourth, he was fervent in spirit. In other words, he wasn’t passive about the LORD’s work. There are many people who are knowledgeable about the Scriptures and the ways that a church is to run, but they are not fervent about it. The fervency of how you do the LORD’s work will tell more about your focus than what you say. If you are more fervent about worldly matters than you are the things of God, your ability to help others will suffer.
Fifth, he taught diligently the things of the LORD. Every believer should be a soul winner and a teacher of God’s Word. Every church desperately needs laborers so they can fulfill the Great Commission. The Great Commission will never be accomplished without believers who are soul winners and teachers of God’s Word.
However, with all of these great qualities that Apollos had, he still had room for improvement. It says that Apollos only knew the “baptism of John.” Apollos’ ability to perceive the areas where he lacked is what gave him the ability to grow in the LORD.
No matter how much you know or how much you do for the LORD, you must always remember that you have room for improvement. My friend, never think that you have arrived spiritually. Always be humble enough to see the areas where you are lacking, and do your best to improve those areas. There is no limit to wha the LORD can do through you if you are willing to see and work on the areas where you lack.