by John Michalak
Now these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of the mind, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.
Consider this warning found in the Alcoholics Anonymous handbook:
“There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments, and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance—that principle is contempt prior to investigation.”
This quote was to help open the minds of alcoholics who would never consider that a higher power such as God could free them from their addiction.
In Paul’s day, the Christians of Thessalonica believed the Gospel of Jesus to be both foolish and dangerous. In their contempt, they would never think of investigating whether Jesus was the higher power they really needed to be free.
Now, those in Berea didn’t just swallow these new ideas about Jesus without thinking. But, they did open their minds to compare Paul’s words with Old Testament Scripture. They were open to investigating whether these things were so.
Is your mind ready to receive new truths from God? If already a Christian, have you possibly erected strongholds against certain sins where you’ll never open the door to God’s mercy and healing?
Jesus is your higher power, calling you to walk in freedom from everything that binds you. Open your mind and heart to see whether these things are so.