(Proverbs 8:33 KJV) Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.
I tend to think that the “wise” (2449) should be the ones teaching and in charge. Wisdom should be a requirement of leadership. This verse tells me to look at it a little different. Leadership requires being teachable.
What does it mean to be teachable? It is more than just gathering information and being able to pass a test. Most of us know a lot more about following Jesus than we are putting into action. We don’t need another class. We need some OJT.
Why is OJT so important? Because it requires us to actually connect what we hear with what we do. I think this is a verse that is better understood when we consult different translations. The KJV says to “hear” (8085) The NASB says to “heed.” The CEV says “listen carefully” and the Bible in Basic English (BBE) says “take.” OJT means you have to process for use.
So? Be wise without being a wise guy. Listen to apply, not to pass the test. It should make the job of disciple closer to your job description today.