Don’t Just Read — Receive God’s Word

“So get rid of every filthy habit and all wicked conduct. Submit to God and accept the word that he plants in your hearts, which is able to save you.” (James 1:21 TEV)

We receive God’s Word when we listen with an open, receptive attitude and then accept it. The parable of the sower illustrates how our receptiveness determines whether or not God’s Word takes root in our lives and bears fruit. Jesus identified three unreceptive attitudes — a closed mind (hard soil), a superficial mind (shallow soil), and a distracted mind (soil with weeds) — and then he said, “Consider carefully how you listen” (Luke 8:18a NIV).

Any time you feel you are not learning anything from a sermon or a Bible teacher, you should check your attitude, especially for pride, because God can speak through even the most boring teacher when you are humble and receptive. James advises, “In a humble (gentle, modest) spirit, receive and welcome the Word which implanted and rooted [in your hearts] contains the power to save your souls” (James 1:21b AMP).

Talk About It

  • Think about how your pride might have recently affected your attitude toward a message or a messenger. Ask God to help you have a more humble attitude toward his messengers.
  • What are some of the distractions that keep you from being receptive to God’s Word?

 

Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller The Purpose Driven Life. His book, The Purpose Driven Church, was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors.

This devotional © 2012 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.


Give hope, prayer, and encouragement below. Post a comment & talk about it.


SIGN UP FOR PASTOR RICK’S FREE DAILY HOPE DEVOTIONAL

SIGN UP FOR DAILY HOPE DEVOTIONAL

Special Offer

eternalrealities-gift-bottom-left

Eternal Realities, Complete Audio Series

Are heaven and hell real places and what are they like? How can you be absolutely certain you’ll spend eternity in heaven? To answer these questions and more, Pastor Rick put together an audio series called, Eternal Realities: Heaven and Hell.

REQUEST YOUR COPY

On the Radio

thehopeofeaster-currentseries-bottom-right

The Hope of Easter, Complete Audio Series

The Bible says, “All need to be made right with God by his grace, which is a free gift. They need to be made free from sin through Jesus Christ” (Romans 3:24). Join Pastor Rick for this message series as he shares the hope of Easter — God’s saving and sustaining grace.

Purchase this seriesListen to this series