Acts 17:10-11 “And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. 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.”
We take far too much for granted.
When we enter into the church, we believe that the man speaking will always tell us the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth; so help him, God. But the evidence of the sects and flavors of churches today speak otherwise.
That being said, we, the church, must take up the admonition Paul gave to Timothy.
2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
The people of Berea as a whole took up the truth of this verse to do what God tells everyone to do.
There have been times in my life that I was content to have just read the Word of God and was satisfied that I did more than most and never went any further. But I was nudged, prodded, and poked by the Spirit of God to dig deeper. To study was too much like school. But once I dove in, I found the water clean, bright, and sweet to the taste.
Workman – or, one who works.
Unless we see the benefits of the work we perform, we do not readily jump right in. We selfishly need the all too important question answered; “What’s in it for me?” After you find your first nugget of truth, the hunt begins. Finding the treasure that only comes with the work of study begets more work and more study.
Only a saved person can rightly divide the Word of God. The Bible is a spiritual book, and one must be spiritual to discern it.
1 Corinthians 2:14 “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
I cannot trust my own heart to know, find, or discern the truth.
Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
I must be led… but by whom? God has the answer.
John 16:13-14 “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.”
You and I are given everything we need to have the closest of relations with the God of Heaven.
So, how are we doing so far?
Are you as close to God as you think you should be?
If not, can you accurately identify what it is that stands in the way?
If so, do you remain satisfied with where we are, or do we press on to know more, experience more, and go deeper? You and I will go after what it is we truly want. We will do whatever it takes. Work. Study. Extra hours. Overtime.
We don’t mind the hours – just so long as the dividend is worth the effort. Until we see that the closeness of our relationship with the Father is worthy of every ounce of energy we can muster, we will be satisfied to the extent of the value we place on our relationship with the God of Heaven.
Most of us would agree that Sunday is our most holy day. It would make sense then, that we work on Monday to keep and maintain that which receive on Sunday.
Take the time needed for the eternal – you will never regret it.