Devotional Thought : Acts 17:11-12
“Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. As a result, many of them believed” (Acts 17:11-12).
“You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life” (John 5:39-40).
What made the difference between the Bereans and the Pharisees? Both studied the Scriptures but with completely opposite outcomes. The Bereans were prepared to re-evaluated their beliefs in relation to it, whereas the Pharisees weren’t.
It is not enough to study the Scriptures, we need to believe. Jesus said in John 6:29 “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” Many Bereans did the work of God, they believed in the one God sent. They came to Jesus and received life. Sadly the Pharisees refused to do this, though they had every opportunity to do so.
Let’s do the work of believing and be blessed, because though we have not seen, we believe (John 22:29).