THURSDAY, AUGUST 9
“So those who received His word”
Acts 2:41 ESV
Author Anne Graham Lotz, in her book, “Heaven, My Father’s House,” wrote about an old missionary named Samuel Morrison who had spent twenty five years doing ministry in Africa. He returned to America on the same ocean liner that brought President Teddy Roosevelt back from a hunting expedition in Africa. Upon docking, President Roosevelt was bombarded with scores of people welcoming him home from his hunting expedition. Barriers and police escorts were needed to keep the masses of people from rushing on the President and mobbing him or crushing him as he was welcomed with cheering, ticker tape and confetti. Morrison walked off the ship alone; no one noticed, no one even knew he was there. He couldn’t even hail a cab for a ride.
In his heart Morrison complained to God. “The president was in Africa hunting for three weeks, killing animals for sport and the whole world turns out to welcome him home. I’ve given twenty-five years of my life in Africa, serving You and no one has greeted me or even knows I’m here.” In his questioning heart he heard the gentle, loving voice of God whisper to his spirit, “My child, you are not home yet!”
The word “received” in Acts 2:41 could also be translated welcomed. Some of the crowd that Peter was preaching to heard the word of God speak to their hearts and they welcomed that word like a good friend coming home. Others heard the word and decided to ignore it or reject it like a stranger passing by.
Every time God speaks to us, we make a decision. Even when we decide not to decide we have made a decision. Wouldn’t it be amazing if every time God spoke to us we welcomed His Words into our hearts and celebrated that God was near? Ask God this morning to give you a welcoming attitude toward anything He is sharing with you.