13 For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe (1 Thessalonians 2).
The Thessalonians “received the word of God” into their lives when they heard it, which is exactly why it “performs its work” in believers. For they understand that even though the words are coming from the mouth of a person, it is God Himself who is really speaking to them.
People who truly want to hear a word from God from a faithful preacher come with open hearts and minds. They listen neither with skepticism nor critique, believing God uses messengers to impart truth that will change them from within. People are often praised for being “good listeners” when it comes to hearing others vent. How about being the same when listening to a preacher preach?
Lord, thank You for sending us faithful preachers who bring us Your Word. Help us This Day to be prepared to receive Your Word from any messenger You send our way. Amen.