Gate Community Summer - Day 31
If you are going to have great relationships with others then don’t you have to take the time to hear from them when they need to tell you something whether it is big life-changing news or whether it is small stuff? Don’t you have to hear from the important people in your lives regularly and don’t you have to be ready to take action on some of the things they say to you?
If this is the case and this is what commitment it takes to be good ‘hearers’ in healthy relationships, then why do we consistently take every opportunity NOT to ‘hear’ God?
Why do we ignore the voice of God? Why do we listen to the influences and voices all around us, but give so little time, energy and devotion to hearing the voice of God?
As Christ-followers, the number one relationship we should be devoted to is our relationship with God! If this is the case, then hearing God should be of greatest priority for us both as individuals and as a group!
It certainly was important to Jesus! His life on earth makes a statement about the priority he put on hearing his Father’s voice. There are many occasions we are told about when Jesus escapes the crowds to go be alone with his Father. If Jesus had to do this, how much more should we have to pursue hearing God in our lives? Not only did his actions reflect this priority to hear God, but so did his teaching. Here are a few snippets…
Matthew 11:15 – Whoever has ears, let them hear
Mark 4:9 – Then Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”
Luke 8:8 – He called out, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”