I Thessalonians 2:13 NKJV “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.”
How you receive the word of God determines it’s effectiveness in you. How you receive the word is the difference between how it works in others, for others, and for you. We read in the book of Hebrews that the word did not profit some people because they didn’t receive it with faith.
Paul said that the Thessalonians welcomed the word. You know, we receive visitors differently; there are some people whose visit you prepare specially for; you’d go to the market, get something really nice, arrange your house, spray it with some lovely scents, and inform everyone about their coming. Meanwhile, there are some other visitors whose visit do not excite you.
It’s not enough to just keep hearing the word, how you receive it matters a lot. I don’t want to have anything to do with whatever doesn’t work; but thank God that the word is quick and powerful! Hallelujah! My prayer is that from today the word will begin to work effectively both in you and for you as you believe it. Amen.