How Do You Receive the Word of God?

“Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.”

James 1:21

Ponder This

I’ve had the joy of preaching overseas in different countries, including China. In my experience, the people there were wonderful and gracious. I learned from my guide that it is an honor for them to have you come under their roof. They know how to welcome you. They will say, you are welcome in our home, and serve you something. At that moment, you should receive what they give you to show that you accept their hospitality. The guide said when they serve you something—tea for example—never reach out and take it with one hand. That implies you’re grasping. Take it with both hands to express that you are receiving.

Likewise, you don’t just reach out and take God’s Word. We lift our hands to Him, and we welcome the Word, we receive the Word, we take the Word by faith. It is by grace we let God’s Word come into our hearts.

  • Why is it important that we view God’s Word as something we receive from Him and not something we gain on our own?
  • What is your typical attitude when you come to the Word of God?

Practice This

Evaluate your attitude about God’s Word. Write out a prayer that addresses any struggles you face when you come to the Word. Ask God to lead you in this area.

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