The Bible has much to say about the importance of having a teachable spirit and being able to receive and appropriately respond to correction. Yet far too often we would rather shift the blame, make excuses, and spend our time sewing fig leaves to cover our nakedness.
But this is not for you!
Whoever heeds life-giving correction will be at home among the wise. Those who disregard discipline despise themselves, but the one who heeds correction gains understanding. (Proverbs 15:31-32)
The only people who rightly “heed correction” are those who hope in Christ. When our hope is in anything smaller than Jesus, we view any divine, life-giving correction as a personal blow to our ego. It is ultimately a kind of personal death. We grieve and rage when we lose . . .
- Natural talents
- Social status
- Applause of man
- Approval of others
- Professional success
- Physical looks
- Financial stability
- Personal relationship
This list could go on and on. When we place our hope in these things, the things of this world, we receive any kind of correction as a crushing blow, rather than loving correction. Only when we place our hope in Jesus will we receive feedback that exposes our brokenness as the breakfast of champions. When we trust in the Lord with all our heart (Proverbs 3:5), we don’t feel any need to defend ourselves or bristle when correction comes knocking on our door. We can be “at home among the wise,” because our hearts are rooted in Wisdom . . . and His name is Jesus Christ.
You see, beloved, Jesus has already covered our nakedness, healed our blindness, and restored our brokenness. Please understand that I am not talking about perfection here; I’m talking about direction. When we place our trust in Christ, we are reoriented away from self and toward the Savior, which keeps us from disregarding discipline and despising ourselves, as Psalm 15 says. We no longer feel the need to sew together the flimsy fig leaves of self to cover our shame, because Jesus nailed all that sin and guilt and shame to the Cross. Because there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, (Romans 8:1), when correction comes our way, we can receive it and respond to it with both humility and a teachable spirit.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!