Want to Be a Berean?
I don’t know how many times I have heard sermons and discussions revolving around the Bereans. The Bereans were Jews that were open to the message of the Gospel and investigated the Scriptures to test what Paul and Silas told them. The passage that contains this reference is Acts 17: 10-11 and it says:
The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. -ESV
It is a great thing to be like these Jews who searched the Scriptures; examining if what Paul and Silas were preaching was actually true. However, to do that would require time and effort.
Time is a precious commodity that a lot of people say they do not have enough of. Many people I have discussions with talk about the lack of time they have. They can’t get everything done they need to get done. If you want to be like a Berean you need to make time to study Scripture. To dive into Scripture, or anything for that matter, takes discipline and time. It is hard to investigate truth when we never make any time for it.
Attention spans seem to be decreasing in our culture where 140 characters (Twitter) are read way more than books are. Stories are shorter when they are crammed into a 2 hour long feature film. Most people do not have the attention span needed to study Scripture because they are bombarded with snippets of information and never have time to dive deeper. Increase your attention span by practicing. Make time, and give the proper effort and the attention needed will grow.
We all need to be like the Bereans of Acts 17 but I fear manner of us are not in a position to do so. We need to make time for God’s word. We need to put in the effort studying God’s word. And we need to increase our attention spans to digest God’s word.
Be like the Bereans.