Monday, December 20, 2010
Looking the other way
In what category do we place the word of God that we’ve just receive?
Just a lesson to consider?
A great message from Pastor? Can’t remember all that was said, but it sure was good.
Do you hear the message and focus on what you’re not doing and how much more work you need to do on yourself?
Acts 12 tells about Paul and Silas’ visit to Berea.
As soon as it was night, the believers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. As a result, many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men. Acts 17:10-12
The first lesson from this passage I’m sure many of us have heard even though we may not practice it. Bereans examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. We take what was said and run with it, many times failing to check it first, which allows us to sometimes harbor and spread false doctrine. We've heard it many times so we belive it to be a true statement and when look for it sometimes it's not even biblcal.
The second message in this passage say’s that they received the message with “great eagerness” a sense of excitement I guess you could say. Are you excited by the word or does your focus make the word hard to receive? If you’re looking backwards it will be hard, but if you’re looking forward eagerness has an opportunity to grow.
I once was lost but now I’m found, doesn’t matter that I was lost, today I’m found. There is no good in this flesh, Christ died that my flesh may be buried with Him so that I am risen in the law of the Spirit. There is no good thing in man, because of the resurrection of Christ, God has created a dwelling place within me where the Holy Spirit resides so now there is greatness in me. Christ has restored us to kinship, we are sons and daughters of the King and through Him we’re seated in high places. I’m feeling some eagerness coming on! We receive new mercies each day, this means if we get it wrong we have another chance to get it right. Now I’m eager to examine the word, and I can’t wait to hear what it says about me next because I’m looking forward."Go out and feed some sheep today"