Question: Why are you open minded ?
Acts 17:10 Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews.
11 These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.
12 Therefore many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men.
Paul and Silas arrived in Barea and found the jewish Bareans to be “more fair minded” than the Thessalonians. Most of the English Bibles translate this word as …”more Noble” than the Thessalonians. The English word Noble comes from the root GNO, which means “to know”. Another version translates the word as …” more Open Minded” than the Thessalonians.
Notice the progression of their salvation. First they wanted to know, or they were open minded to what Paul was teaching them about The gospel, then they received the word with all readiness, then they searched the scriptures daily to see if his message was true, then many believed.
Why is it that some want to know and are ready to receive the word, but others are indifferent, uninterested, and reject the word? I believe being open minded and being ready for the Word is a gift from God. What do you think?
All we can do is teach the gospel to all, but it’s up to God to open those minds and make them ready to receive his words. Pray that God will open the minds and hearts of our family and friends, that they will be persistent and study the scriptures, and that they will believe.
And how about us believers? Are we starting to lose interest in the Word of God? Do we no longer spend time in the Word daily. Pray that God will open your mind and heart to His Word. Then be disciplined to study His Word daily.
Also, do we just accept the teaching of others without checking it out in the scriptures? Be like the Bareans by searching his Word to see if a teaching is true. Then we will not be tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine.