Listen up! Listen here. Would you just listen! How many times have we heard these words coming from parents, coaches, teachers, spouses, and bosses over the course of our lifetimes? I would guess this number far outweighs the number of times someone has thanked us for taking the time to listen. In the midst of casual conversation we often find our mind drifting to a different focus. Worse yet, in an argument we are often considering what we want to say next instead of listening to the other person. When caught not listening, often we get the dreaded question: what did I just say?
I think Jesus often felt this way with the disciples. So often it seems they just do not get what seems so simple to understand. Must not be listening! It is no wonder that God’s instructions to Peter, James, and John is to listen to Jesus. His instructions to us are the same. Just listen. How often do we hear or read the Word but don’t really listen to them? When we listen to them they take root in our lives and cause growth to occur.
God is always trying to speak into our lives. Whether through the Bible, the message given on a Sunday morning, the wise words of a friend or mentor, or through the whisper of the Holy Spirit, He is always speaking into our lives. And just as in all other conversations, the key is to really focus in and understand what God is saying to each of us.
Where is God calling you? How is He speaking into your life? What direction is He guiding you? What does He want you to do for Him? May our ears be open, our minds tuned in, and our heart be welcoming to all that God had for us this day.
Scripture reference: Luke 9: 34-43