As I have asked before, (and will again for a few more times) do you have peace and contentment in your life? Are you living a John 10:10 kind of life? Do you believe Ephesians 3:20 can be a reality for you? Are you experiencing the transforming growth described in 2 Corinthians 3:18?
As I have shared, living this type of life can be found in this verse:
So get rid of all uncleanness and all that remains of wickedness, and with a humble spirit receive the word [of God] which is implanted [actually rooted in your heart], which is able to save your souls. (James 1:21 Amplified)
We have already unpacked the following concepts, uncleanness, wickedness and humble. Today we will look at the concept of receive. Some of the synonyms for receive are to get, obtain, accept or to collect. With a humble spirit, we should pursue this Word of God. It is a not a passive activity but one that requires action. I have given this example in the past but I think in bears repeating as we learn what it means to “receive” the Word of God.
Suppose I told you that in your back yard about 50 – 75 feet down there was a treasure chest filled with gold and silver and rubies and pearls. It was filled with more than you could desire or even count. It is deep down but if you can get to it, it is yours!!
However, there are a few, little caveats in this arrangement…you cannot use anything mechanical and the only time you can dig is from 4 – 8 each morning. Now you do not have to dig the whole time but you can only dig for four hours per day. You can use a shovel or a pick but you must do it yourself. No one else can dig for you but, again, once you reach the treasure, it is yours and nobody can take it away from you and you can freely give it to others around you.
If this were all true, what do you think tomorrow morning would look like at your house (and it would look the same at my house if the treasure chest was in my backyard)? At 3:59 am, you would be standing at your back door with your hand on the knob. You would have probably slept in your clothes and I doubt you would have needed an alarm. All the shovels and picks you purchased today at the Home Depot would be lined up just outside the door. And when it is the top of the hour, you would start digging and would not stop until 8!
No one would complain that they are not a morning person. Clothes would have been laid out the night before. Breakfast would have been planned. Emails and social media ignored. Car pools arranged and appointments deferred because nothing was going to stop you from getting your treasure.
The Bible says in Proverbs 8:10-11 and 18-19 that His wisdom – His word – is choice gold and better than precious stones. Do we really believe this? If so, we do all we could to receive this treasure.
Next time we will look at the concept, implant.