WEDNESDAY, MAY 20
“Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.”
Philippians 4:9 (NLT2)
KEEP BEING WILLING
Years ago Grady Nutt wrote, “A man bought a new radio, brought it home, placed it on the refrigerator, plugged it in, turned it to WSM in Nashville (home of the Grand Ole Opry), and then pulled all the knobs off! He had already tuned in all he ever wanted or expected to hear. Some marriages are ‘rutted’ and rather dreary because either or both partners have yielded to the tyranny of the inevitable, ‘what has been will still be.’ Stay open to newness. Stay open to change.” (Grady Nutt, Homemade)
I would add that some people’s faith is “rutted.” Some have decided I’ve learned everything I need to learn and done everything I’m going to do. In Philippians Paul is commending the church for being open to learn and willing to accept what they have been taught. So far in this passage Paul has dealt with the intellectual part of discipleship and obedience. Now he addresses the volitional or willingness part of obedience. Not only do we need to learn about Christianity we need to be willing to accept it as true.
Openness is essentially the willingness to grow, a distaste for ruts, eagerly standing on top-toe for a better view of what tomorrow brings. Part of healthy Soul Care is staying open to learn and accept new truth in your life and to respond accordingly. Would those closest to you describe you as open and teachable, willing to learn and try new things? More importantly, would God describe you as willing to follow His direction in your life?