How fitting that they were there studying James 1:22, as Michael Hite taught. Well over 20 of them gathered in one living room, hunkered down for nearly 90 minutes as just eight verses were covered in-depth, they seemed like budding archaeologists finding some new treasure. That they have been doing this week after week for nearly nine months is incredible! Rather than losing interest, they seem to be building it. Not only that, they are inviting non-Christian friends, concocting ways to serve the Lord and others, and growing more knowledgeable in the meat of the word. There is no sense of obligation evidenced, but a genuine desire to be together investigating the truth of the Bible. Yes, they have an excellent teacher, but they also have a true hunger. They are like those Jesus’ praises in Matthew 5:6, hungering and thirsting for righteousness. They are like those Luke reports about in Acts 17:11, eagerly receiving the word. They are like those James challenges the Christians to be, quick to hear the word (1:19) and looking into the perfect law of liberty and continuing in it (1:25).
Frankly, they challenge you and me. They are saying, by example, “we are willing to commit an extra couple of hours every week in addition to our regular assemblies to go deeper in studying God’s Word! We do not have to, but we want to do it. Not only that, we are growing (2 Pe. 3:18) and using this study to improve our spiritual walk (Col. 1:9-12)! It is motivating us to do good works (cf. 1 Ti. 6:18). We are applying it and it is changing our lives!” Of course, that is what scripture is meant to do for each of us.
We must develop a taste for the milk and meat of the Master’s message! The more we thoughtfully take in, the more we will want. Bear Valley teens, thank you for challenging us to step it up! We will try to keep up with you!