More Noble, Pt. 2

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.  Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.

Acts 17:10-12

In these verses, we see three reasons that those in Berea were more noble than those in Thessalonica.  We looked at the first reason, that they “received the word…”, yesterday.  Today, we continue with that thought.

Not only did they “receive the word,” but they “received the word with all readiness of mind.”  They received the Word because they were ready to receive the Word.

Before they received the Word, they prepared themselves to receive it.  It’s one thing to do something, but fully preparing to do something is another thing altogether.  We usually like the doing part, but the preparing part sometimes takes some work.

They had a “readiness of mind.”  They were mentally ready to receive the Word of God.  I think that we could learn something from these people in this area.  How do we prepare ourselves mentally to receive the Word of the Lord?  How do we read the Bible?  How do we prepare for church?

When we read the Bible, we should try to eliminate as many distractions as possible.  We should do everything in our power to focus on what we are reading.  We should prepare ourselves.

When we get ready for church, we should again do everything we can to focus on the teaching and preaching of the Word of God.  We need to do everything we can to prepare ourselves to receive the Word.

When we have opportunities to receive the Word, do we concentrate on receiving it with “readiness of mind?”

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