Today you should read: 1 Thessalonians 2:13-20
Welcome to our study through Thessalonians. As you may recall from yesterdays JumpStart, Paul is remembering his visit to Thessalonica. Thessaloniki is still a vibrant city (it’s the second largest city in Greece). Receiving God’s Word
Therefore, we never stop thanking God that when you received his message from us, you didn’t think of our words as mere human ideas. You accepted what we said as the very word of God—which, of course, it is. And this word continues to work in you who believe. 1 Thessalonians 2:13
It’s so easy for us to read God’s Word, hear it taught – even take notes but not really receive it. We say we believe it, but often live as what Craig Croeschel calls “practical atheists” (from his bookThe Christian Atheist: Believing in God but Living As If He Doesn’t Exist). James addresses this in James 1:22-25
But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.
Are you the man who hears but doesn’t obey – looks at his dirty face in a mirror and does nothing? It’s easy to be that man. Remember when the word of God is taught there are four kinds of hearers (from Jesus words in Matthew 13)
- Hard Ground Hearer – their heart is so hard that the word of God doesn’t penetrate it. It runs off – week after week – like water on pavement.
- Shallow Ground Hearer – they act as though they want the Word – they seem to receive it – but because they are so shallow – the ideas they heard quickly die.
- Thorny Ground Hearer – they also seem to receive the Word – and you think they’re going to run with it – but the cares and worries and stress of the world steal it away.
- Good Ground Hearer – Jesus said hears the Word and receives it. It produces 100 times results in their lives and lives around them.
What kind of hearer are you? Do you receive the Word of God? Do you do what it says? Please post today how the Word of God has changed you in the last 3 months. Thanks for reading!!
Posted: Tim Parsons