I was reading through Acts 17 this morning and as I was, verse 11 jumped out at me…
If you’ve ever read through Acts, you will know that Paul and the other Apostles experienced both revivals as well as major retaliation. I know that we’ve all experienced some levels of acceptance and pushback in our own lives. What stopped me and caused me to think deeper was verse 11:
“They found that the Jews of Berea were of more noble character and much more open minded than those of Thessalonica. They were hungry to learn and eagerly received the word. Every day they opened the scrolls of Scripture to search and examine them, to verify that what Paul taught them was true.” Acts 17:11 (TPT)
Here are the key highlights that I’m referring to:
•hungry to learn
•eagerly received the word
•opened the scrolls and examined them
What if this was us?
I’m not even talking about when we first heard about Jesus, and came into faith. I’m talking about a heart that is of noble character with a hunger to grow and learn. From there we hear something about God that we’ve not heard or understood before, and receive the message with an open heart, causing us to open our Bibles and examine the depth of what we’ve been invited into as His children.
Instead, what I’ve observed so much in the body of Christ is a closed off mindset that would rather prove one wrong because they were taught something else, leading to debate.
I think so often we become so puffed up with our own knowledge that its cost us the ability to walk out our faith with a child-like hunger for more, blocking ourselves from experiencing facets of God that are available today.
I’ve been in conversations where I am argued with and shut down when I share a powerful testimony of how God has shown up in my life, all because that has not been their experience.
What would it look like if we had the open hearts like the Jews in Berea who desired to learn, and rather than disagree, we open the Word of God for ourselves, searching and examining all that’s available through Jesus?
I believe we’d shatter the boxes we’ve put God in and experience the abundant life Jesus paid for! Amen?