I am a questioner at heart. If you are in a small group discussion with me, I may drive you crazy with continuous questions. My questioning is not motivated by doubts in my faith. I just want a more thorough understanding of who God is so that I can love him deeper.
To be fair, I am not just a questioner in my study of God’s word. I question and research and delve deep in other areas of my life too: in the education of my children and even in my hobbies.
I think this is why I really like the Bereans. When I read the account of Paul’s time with the Bereans, I smile and feel inspired.
“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.” Acts 17:11
The Bereans examined the Scriptures. They were eager to learn more. They compared what Paul said to what the Scriptures said. The Bereans were living out a portion of the greatest commandment:
“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31
I believe the Bereans are an example of loving God with all their hearts and all their minds. I hope to emulate the Berean people. I hope to love Jesus with a heart that is open to understanding and with a mind that is seeking truth.
Dear Lord, Help me to seek You by asking the right questions and recognizing the truthful answers. Teach me how to love you with all my heart, all my soul, all my mind and all my strength. Amen