The Gospel Coalition

     Now a Jew named 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 and explained to him the way of God more accurately. Acts 18:24-26

     Lord Jesus, there are many things I love in this story. Your mercy and grace can be seen everywhere. Apollos was useful in your service long before he got every theological "t" crossed and Biblical "i" dotted just right. The same is true with us. Ultimately, it's not how much we know but Who we know that wins the day. I praise you for your patience and persistence, and your joy in revealing more of yourself to us. You are such a wonderful, merciful Savior.

     And, Jesus, I treasure the picture of Priscilla and Aquila offering hospitality and ministering the gospel together. What a great thing it is when a husband and wife are both captured by grace and freed to serve in your kingdom along side of one another. It reminds me of the life Adam and Eve enjoyed before the fall---vice-regents in your reign of grace

     Oh, that more of us, who are married, would live as partners in the gospel and co-saboteurs of the kingdom of darkness, rather than frittering our years away on less noble pursuits and passions. There are so many different story lines clamoring for our marriages---so many distractions and seductions. A marriage, just like singleness, is too precious a gift to spend on non-intentional living. Bring more gospel sanity to our marriages, Jesus. Rescue us, resuscitate us, refresh us and release us into kingdom service.

     Lastly, Jesus, I'm convicted and drawn to Apollos' teachability. Make and keep me that kind of man. I don't want to suffer from "hardening of the categories" as I get older. Intensify my love for the Bible and for finding you everywhere in the Scriptures. Continue to explain to me "the way of God more accurately" (Acts 18:26) through whomever you choose---children, PhDs, married couples, my wife, saints of old long since in heaven. Free me from my provincialism, prejudices, and presumption.

     Whatever you teach me, Jesus, may it result in my living more "in line with the truth of the gospel" (Gal. 2:14). Don't let me ever again confuse more knowledge with mature spirituality. Until the Day when knowing in part gives way to worshiping you in full, keep me hungry and humble. Show me more and more of yourself, Lord Jesus; for to knowing you is eternal life. So very Amen I pray, in your all-sufficient and glorious name.