Acts 17:11 – “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”
My pastor used this in his sermon Wednesday night and it really struck a chord with me. Yes, we have preaching services on Wednesday night. We don’t play around with the Word of God.
Luke wrote the book of Acts. And here, he is writing about Paul and Silas who had left Thessalonica and went to Berea. The people at Berea were very different than the people at Thessalonica. They didn’t take the words that were spoken to them and just absorb them as truth. These people searched the Scriptures to find out for themselves if what was being taught to them was truth or not. They would not allow themselves to be spoon fed.
We can learn a lot from this one little verse. You see, too often we take the words that we hear on Sunday morning, or whenever the Word is expounded upon, and just absorb it as truth. We should not be doing this! We need to listen AND follow along in our Bible. We have the complete written Word of God right in front of us. We have the leadership of the Holy Spirit, if we are a child of the King, to let us know if what is being said is true or not. The problem that we get into is laziness. We don’t follow along in our Bible. Or we think that just because the man is behind the pulpit, he must be okay Scriptually. We can’t let ourself be fooled, sister! We have to take every thing we see, hear and read and look at it through the lense of God’s Word – and that includes this blog. You see, this blog is not the inspired Word of God. It is my interpretation of it and my application of it. You need to look at the verses and the context for yourself and see if what I say is in agreement with the Ultimate Word.
Another thing to take from this verse is this – they were ready to receive the Word. They had a heart that was ready to be stirred up and planted with the good things of God. Do you go to worship services with that attitude in your heart? Or is it just what you do? Or do you go for the social aspect of church? Or are you there because someone dragged you to the service? We have to be ready to receive the things God is trying to communicate to us every time we open His book. It is that important. And I think that sometimes we don’t treat it as such. We get a little too comfortable.
So, this weekend, Princess, I challenge you to go to worship services with a whole new attitude and in a whole new light. Don’t allow yourself to be spoon fed. And don’t go just because you have to. Go because you want to service the One who has done so much for you. Worship Him in spirit and in truth. Celebrate His love and be humbled by His wanting to be with you.