I want to be of more noble character. I want my family to be of more noble character. I want my church to be of more noble character. We read in Acts how to do it. Paul called the Bereans of more noble character because they, “received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11). Getting excited about God’s Word – opening it daily to find the truth for yourself – that’s what I want for myself, for my family and for my church. What about you? If you too want to be of more noble character – keep digging into God’s Word!
What makes your blood start to boil a bit? What causes you to feel distressed or grieved? What do you find really provokes your spirit? For Paul this happened when he saw the city of Athens full of idols (17:16). Too often today I fear we have become desensitized to the city of idols and immorality we live in. We’ve become so used to hearing and seeing and running into idols and evil that it doesn’t faze us anymore. Do we really see and understand the lost state of the world around us? Do we see danger for what it is? And, are there any areas where we have allowed it to seep into our own lives as well? When we don’t see it for what it is, it becomes impossible to guard against it. Pray for God to help you see clearly the world around you. Pray that you would be grieved by what grieves God and see danger for what it is.
In a world that is so full of idols, people are creating ‘gods’ out of anything and everything: sports, entertainment, high scores on …(fill in the blank), social media, A’s, fitness, selfishness, and the list goes on! They think “God” can be whoever and whatever they want God to be. If they want a teddy bear god (soft and comfy and great for giving hugs) – he is theirs. If they want a god in nature (but never in church) – he is theirs. If they want a three-headed god with purple polka-dots – he is theirs. But gods that we fashion with our own human minds and desires are NOT gods – they are idols. There is ONE true God and He cannot be, “formed by the art and thought of man.” (Acts 17:29). He is a jealous God and demands that we worship Him and Him only – and rightly so. Creating your own “Build-a-‘god’” won’t cut it when your salvation and eternal life is on the line.
Thankfully, in a world of imitation gods – there is a way to find the REAL TRUE GOD! He reveals himself when we dig into His Word – that’s why He wrote it for us. Open God’s Word – get excited about it – and find the ONE TRUE GOD! And while you seek Him in His Word, don’t be surprised to find yourself becoming of more noble character, too!