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Becoming a King in the sense of fulfilling your destiny and living at a level of abundance that allows you to bless others is no accident. There is a connection between the wisdom, wealth, Kingdom ministry and a teachable heart. The good news is that anybody can be teachable; it’s a choice.
Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning. Prov 9:9 NIV
Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance Prov 1:5 NIV
Some are very open to new ideas or wisdom, and actively solicit them from. Others politely avoid these conversations and keep their goals anonymous. There are three categories of being teachable.
Poor – I’m not particularly successful, and I need a miracle to get there. I would take help from anyone who could guide me to change my situation.
Note: this attitude is susceptible to fraud because they are willing to surrender their decision making to another in the name of submission. Teachable is not gullible.
Modest and mediocre – I’ve been successful in increments because of my hard work and diligence. If I continue to improve and work harder, I may grow another increment. In any case, I’m not interested in trying something new and losing what I’ve worked so hard to get. No thanks for your suggestions.
Successful – I’ve been successful way beyond my expectations or what I deserve. I’m surrounded by good people who have made my success possible. If you have a great idea, I would love to hear it. That’s how I’ve been blessed: good ideas from good people.
These categories are not financial; they are heart attitudes that can influence our fruitfulness. The practical and spiritual dynamic is that growth is a combination of work and diligence for incremental progress coupled with occasional breakthroughs that come from outside our skills and abilities. Having a teachable heart opens the door to quantum leaps from two sources: 1) God can intervene in a miraculous way, and 2) a new person can be added to our team who brings a key that we didn’t have before – an idea, a skill or a connection. Here’s the biggest secret of growth – #1 brings #2. In other words, God often sends us a miraculous answer by showing us another person with an ingredient that we need. If we don’t have a teachable heart, the bus and our step-change leave the station without us and we remain in our spirit of poverty. We don’t “see” the person who can show us a life-altering course correction.
Humility – Those in the greatest danger of missing this quantum leap are modestly successful and overly dependent upon themselves… their own way of doing things, their own hard work, and their own control issues and insecurities. We often see poverty and humility as connected. They are not! In fact, successful people are typically more humble because they are willing to get the help that they need from God and from other people. They carry no illusions about their self-sufficiency.
“Teachable” looks like this – A teachable heart is as simple as having a written plan and allowing someone else to see it! Amazingly, very few people have either of these ingredients. If others know what you want to accomplish, they will help you realize your dream. That quality of transparent vulnerability draws wisdom toward us. Being unteachable is heart belief that no one will help you.
1. Plans and goals – The 1st ingredient is that you know where you want to go. Those goals have to be consistent with the desires of your own heart and God’s heart, or you end up disconnected from who you are and from the Kingdom – who God is. We use a heart plan to connect people with themselves and what Jesus wrote on their hearts.
2. Allowing help – The 2nd ingredient is that we allow others to see the deepest desires and plans of our heart. People are often present in our lives who can help us. They just need to be allowed to do so… transparent vulnerability!
3. Seeking help – People with a teachable heart don’t wait for someone to show up at their door to save the day. They are continually dreaming, reading, meeting new people, going to training events, networking and formalizing (and paying for) mentors and mastermind groups. They just never stop learning and asking for help. They believe in themselves and their cause. They believe in angels.
4. Giving Help – When you experience a breakthrough with the fingerprints of God and other people on it, there is a natural motivation to show others how easy it is… very fun and very healthy. The Father is releasing himself in fathers – be one.
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings. Prov 25:2 NIV
God’s plan for you (and hopefully your plan for yourself) should have a place for exponential growth, viral ideas, and quantum leaps. That’s the nature of the Kingdom. We make room in our hearts to take those steps by getting out of the “old” and having a teachable heart for something brand new that we have never seen before. Expect it. Plan for it. Seek it.
Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the LORD blessed him. 13 The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy. 14 He had so many flocks and herds and servants that the Philistines envied him. Gen 26:12-14 NIV