I’m a grown man. I no longer have to finish my dinner in order to eat my dessert. I can eat my dessert, and then eat dinner. In fact, I can eat two desserts, and walk away from the feast having never ate dinner at all.
I’m a grown man. I can walk into my doctor for my annual physical, and when Brian tells me my cholesterol is out of whack, I can keep on moving down the road of life any way I chose.
The truth is, yes, I can do what I want. However, there are no free lunches. I can hear the truth, but hearing the truth and receiving the truth are in no way blood relatives. They are strangers entirely.
The single word that will change your story forever is “if.”
Read the verse as you normally would and you will read right past the opening line that sets the tone for everything that follows.
“If you will receive …” As in, “Hey, I’m not forcing you to do anything.”
The older I get the more I realize that where I am is where I want to be, and where I want to be is nothing more than a series of choices to get there. Those choices were made one decision at a time, based on whether or not I chose to use wisdom in that moment.
Hearing and receiving are two different concepts entirely.