In Matthew chapter 11:20-24 we read that Jesus rebuked these 3 cities {another of the many trinities in Matthew by the way} for ‘NOT REPENTING’ [vs 20]. He says there “…for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago…” [vs 21]. On into verse 23 He says to Capernaum that “if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained unto this day” [vs 23]. Our Lord had done fantastic miracles, healings and wonders in the sight of these people. He had preached the word of God in an exciting, powerful and captivating way never even heard of before in the history of man. Imagine the very Son of God preaching and doing miracles yet people were bored, half asleep, unimpressed, unfazed and unrepentant. It is ironic isn’t it? That Jesus told them “if the things I’ve done in your presence…and the things I’ve preached to you were preached in other places THEY WOULD HAVE REPENTED!

In a receptive heart the word of God grabs you, grabs your attention and stirs you to action! It changes your course and conduct. It changes your musical tastes your way of talking, thinking, dressing and it changes your standards. If it doesn’t there is a massive problem – you are NOT receptive to the word of the living God. You are NOT receptive to the working of the Holy Ghost. Is this you sir / ma’am? Are you one of those who find yourself bored when the word of God is being preached? Do you find that reading the Bible is a sure fire way to put you to sleep? I know sometimes we all have a rough day and go to church tired and find ourselves nodding off in exhaustion, that’s not what I am talking about. I mean are you one of those who find that you are always bored at church? Always bored with preaching? Always bored with the Bible? It never moves you to look within? You never hear the Holy Ghost calling to you and urging you and convicting you? Do you find yourself constantly in disagreement with what the Bible says? Are you one of those who are always opposing what the preacher said? Are you never pricked in the heart and moved to repentance? Are you missing your chance to get on your knees before God to ask for Him to touch your heart?

This text ought to be a wakeup call! Friend the problem can’t always be the preacher, the music, the distractions…the real problem could be a heart problem! I urge you this week…don’t be like Chorazin, Bethsaida or Capernaum! Don’t let anything or anyone keep you from church; from prayer & Bible study; from giving a tract! Don’t let your kids sit near other whispering kids! The word of God will make great changes in your life & heart if you let it! The message your teen, your husband, your wife is missing may be the very message that could change their life! Ask for God’s help this week in your prayer time, your study time and expect God to put something on the pastor’s heart for you personally! You might be pleasantly surprised what will happen if you’ll come with an open Bible, an open heart, and ready mind!