A teachable man is receptive to new ideas, willing to ask questions, and eager to learn from others who have more experience or knowledge than they do. They are ready to admit when they don’t know something and willing to try to understand and improve. They are also open to constructive feedback and criticism and use it as an opportunity to grow and mature.
Being teachable is an essential mindset for every man to develop. This outlook has a profound impact on many aspects of life, including our vocation and family life. A teachable man is humble, recognizing that he doesn’t know everything.
We must be humble and curious if we want to grow and become more like Jesus.
The Bible says that wisdom comes from God. We seek it through humble learning and obedience. Proverbs 1:7 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” The foundation of all true knowledge and understanding begins with a deep reverence and respect for God.
The Bible is not silent on being teachable. Scripture emphasizes the importance of humility and a willingness to learn in order to grow in wisdom and knowledge.
“Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.” Proverbs 9:9
“Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.” Proverbs 12:1
“Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.” Proverbs 16:20
“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” James 1:19
These verses emphasize the importance of being willing to receive instruction and correction. We must approach learning with a humble and open attitude.
Here are five reasons why every Christian must cultivate a teachable mindset
Grow in Faith
A teachable man is open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Understanding that they don’t have all the answers and that through faith, they must trust the creator of the universe as the one that knows all.
By embracing a teachable mindset, we can, by faith, deepen our understanding of God’s Word and grow in our faith journey.
Being teachable requires humility, as it involves admitting that we do not have all the answers and need help from others. We must take this one step further, it’s more than just admitting you don’t know it all; it’s also knowing when we must humble ourselves, ask for help, and seek others for that help.
A teachable spirit allows us to listen actively to others and consider their perspectives. By valuing the input of others, we can strengthen our relationships and foster environments of mutual respect and understanding.
Philippians 2:3-4 says, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
As Christians, we should pursue excellence in all areas of our lives, including our work, relationships, and spiritual growth. A teachable spirit enables us to continually improve and develop new skills, which can lead to greater success and fulfillment.
“Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.” Proverbs 22:29
Reflect Christ’s Character
Jesus himself modeled the importance of being teachable. As a young boy, He was found in the temple courts listening to the teachers and asking them questions (Luke 2:46). Later, during His ministry, Jesus often used parables and stories to teach people spiritual truths and encourage them to grow in their understanding of God. In Matthew 11:29, Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Being teachable is essential for every Christian. By embracing humility, valuing the input of others, and continually pursuing growth and excellence, we can deepen our faith, strengthen our relationships, and reflect Christ’s teachings in our daily lives.