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These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
Children often mimic the words and actions of their parents. Their natural tendency is to do what the parent does…as opposed to doing what they say…and quite often, at the most unfavorable moment.
The wise parent is not concerned with the embarrassment they might experience because their child says or does something that casts light on a behavior the parent would like to hide. The judicious parent will realize the error of their ways and work toward greater consistency; that being, making sure what they say matches exactly what they do. A parent cannot expect their child to value Godly characteristics, if he, or she, does not demonstrate the value of such in their own lives.
Simply stated, “You cannot just talk the talk, you must walk the walk.”
So the question arises, “Are we, who profess to believe the truth of the scriptures, mimicking the Godly characteristics of those Christians who have gone before us?” Emulating the conduct of the Bereans would be a good start.
The Bereans had a spirit of earnest inquiry for the truth. Their desire for the truth is seen in the verse as we read,…they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. A proper mental attitude, coupled with daily study, will yield great benefits to those who mimic such characteristics. Luke tells us that the Bereans possessed nobler souls; a more generous nature.
Unfortunately, many who read, or hear, God’s Holy Word never properly incline their minds to the clear acceptance of scriptural truths, or even the fact-based appreciation of scriptural evidence. How many gains in our Christian lives have we lost and how many difficulties have ensued as the result of blindly yielding to bias and opinion instead of searching the scriptures daily?
The Bereans were resolved to oppose all the evils connected with their profession of faith. Wise Christians, like the Bereans, do not recklessly and impulsively embrace what is being taught; they carefully consider it and prepare to accept, or reject, teaching that stands the test of examination.
As ambassadors for Jesus Christ we need to mimic only those things that will bring glory and honor to our Lord. A good start would be to imitate the example of the noble Bereans…search the scriptures.