A Will to Receive God’s Word

This weekend in part three of “Our Glory and Joy” we talked about will. Will can also be defined as determination, resolve, drive, dedication, doggedness, tenacity or tenaciousness.

Paul’s will was to minister God’s word to the Thessalonians. He was grieved to be apart from them physically, but was still with them in heart. Their part was to have a will to receive God’s word.

“For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.”
1 Thessalonians 2:13

Paul didn’t thank God that they simply heard it, but because they received it with faith. God’s word is powerful when it is received with active faith, otherwise it does not work effectively. The impact the word has is conditioned on the faith in which it is received. The word can’t work where there isn’t that a will to see it work.

“But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, And who trembles at My word.”
Isaiah 66:2

This is why the work at Thessalonica was so on fire, sounding forth all of Greece so that Paul didn’t even need to say a word. There was a humility before God’s word and a drive to see it work.

What’s your will when it comes to receiving God’s word?