“Now about our brother Apollos—I urged him to visit you with the other believers, but he was not willing to go right now. He will see you later when he has the opportunity. Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love.” 1 Corinthians 16:12-14 NLT
Apollos was an eloquent speaker and teacher. “Meanwhile, a Jew named Apollos, an eloquent speaker who knew the Scriptures well, had arrived in Ephesus from Alexandria in Egypt. He had been taught the way of the Lord, and he taught others about Jesus with an enthusiastic spirit and with accuracy. However, he knew only about John’s baptism. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him preaching boldly in the synagogue, they took him aside and explained the way of God even more accurately.” Acts of the Apostles 18:24-26 NLT
He is mentioned in chapter one of this book along with Paul, Peter, and Jesus (see I Corinthians 1:12). Altogether, his name is mentioned sixteen times in three different books (Acts 18:23-27; 19:1; I Corinthians 1:11-12; 3:4-6,22; 4:1,6; 16:12; Titus 3:13).
Apollos, just like all of us, had need of better understanding in the things of the Lord.
No matter how well we are liked, how gifted we are, or how much we know, there is always more we can learn. Thank God for people like Aquila and Priscilla. We all need godly, well seasoned fathers and mothers in the faith.
Aquila and Priscilla took Apollos aside, in love, and taught him. God wants us to lovingly do the same for others and let others do the same to us. The love of God should be the motivating characteristic in all we do.
May God help us to be faithful in our call, supported and surrounded by godly mentors, and willing to learn.
Prayer for today: Father, in Jesus name, help me have a willingness to learn. Help me value those in my life that take me under their wing and teach me things more fully in Your Word.
Rev. Curtis Norris