“Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.” – James 1:21 ESV

Imagine pouring your heart out to someone, offering guidance or advice you know can change their life. They nod their heads, seemingly engaged, yet, the moment they leave you, they go on to do whatever they like,  their path remains unchanged. 

How would that make you feel? Annoyed? Frustrated? Some would even lash out at such a person, calling them stubborn. 

Sadly, some believers have this same attitude towards God’s word. They read it often, but barely let it change their lives – They are not receptive to the word of God. 

Receptiveness refers to a willingness and openness to embrace new ideas or suggestions. It is an attitude that every believer must possess to learn and grow in God’s word. Your reflex to new concepts or ideas in the Word should not be to criticise it. Rather, it should drive you to further study of the Word. When it comes to God’s word, you must have an open heart, and always be ready to learn and be taught. 

From our anchor text, James describes our attitude towards receiving God’s word – Meekness. Many of us may have grown up in church all our lives and sometimes think we know all about God’s word. However, you must always be ready to unlearn what you think you know, relearn what the Bible says and embrace the truth of God’s word. 

Acts 18:24-28 introduces Apollos, a powerful Scripture scholar with a limited understanding. However, in verse 26, we see his openness to further instruction from Priscilla and Aquila. This willingness to learn proved instrumental in his growth as a leader and minister.

Unlocking God’s word starts with actively engaging with the Bible. As we read, the Holy Spirit has fertile ground to work within our minds. Nehemiah 8:1-8 exemplifies this practice, showcasing the Israelites gathering to hear and understand God’s word. Similarly, Ephesians 3:3-5 highlights the role of reading in comprehending the divine message. Therefore, incorporating daily Bible study into your life is crucial for receiving God’s word.

More so, you must be open to the men God will use. We have seen this in Apollos’ life. God has sent men as gifts for our spiritual growth in the Word (Ephesians 4:8-14). We must honour and receive their ministries. In Acts 19, Paul met with a group of people who had not received the ministry of the Spirit. They would eventually receive his ministry and be filled with the Spirit (Acts 19:5-6). 

Remember, God opposes the proud but pours out grace on the humble (James 4:6). Embrace God’s word with an open heart, ready to receive the truth it reveals about yourself and your place in His grand design. 

Every encounter with Scripture is an opportunity to grow closer to your Father.

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