If a good friend of yours came up to you today, and told you something along the lines of...
What would you say/do?
- My friend is crazy. They need to be sent to the hospital.
- I wonder how they're going to pull off this magic trick?
- If they have a golden goose I would love to see this.
- What are they talking about? Why would they tell me this?
- Wow a real live golden goose?!
There have been too many times (From personal experience) where I have done something that has ended up more like this:
So to link this to the scriptures when Paul the Apostle goes into Thessalonica and "Reasoned with them out of the scriptures. Opening and alleging, that Christ must need have suffered, and risen again from the dead" (verse 2-3)
This was just as big a thing to them as someone, ranting about a gold laying goose. They had a whole range of reactions. (Similar to what we do today)
"And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas" (verse 4) But
"The Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar" (verse 5)
These Jews weren't able to learn about the Christ whom they had been waiting for all their lives, because they were too set in their ways. What about us? Have we lost opportunities because we were to set in our ways?
We need to always try and be open to what people tell us. Never assume that we know everything. What they have could be the golden egg we need.