Hearing is something your body does without thought. Listening takes intentional effort and focus to process the meaning of what is being heard.
On any given day at any given moment you may receive a deluge of words and noises that your ears are forced to hear. Think about it. What does your day look like? Who are the people and voices in your life? Who’s loudest?
Everyday you hear, but do you listen?
Well, that likely depends on who is talking.
Right now, who is the most prominent voice you are listening to? Is it your roommate, parents, pastor, children, friend, Beyoncé, or yourself? The truth is, we speak to ourselves and we all have many voices trying to reach us and speak to us.
Whether you listen to the voice speaking or not often depends on who’s speaking and if you find what they have to say important. True?
If grandma said, “Your clothes look strange,” You would likely take it differently than had your best friend said the exact same thing. Or if the toddler next door yelled out, “you’re stupid,” versus if the one whom you love the most were to yell it.
I am a voice right now. I am writing to you in such a way that I hope you will listen and make it to the end of this post. That’s my goal.
So what do I have to say, anyway?
I want to say that among all the voices that you are hearing, you may not be listening to the most important voice. I want you to reprioritize your voices. I want you to place a different value on those speaking into your life.
If you’re anything like me you get tired of all of the listening. It wears you down. And if that’s true for you, please quiet your soul and LISTEN to this.
Listen to what God has to say.
“Come to me,
all who labor and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you,
and learn from me,
for I am gentle and lowly in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy,
and my burden is light.”
Daily, discipline your ears to listen to the voice of God. For God has spoken, and continues to speak through his perfect word. And what He has to say is absolutely precisely what you NEED to hear.
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” 2 Timothy 3:16 NLT
We are now making our way into the “Prophets Before the Exile” section of The Whole Story. I really like the way our Read Scripture plan breaks a bit here from the order of the books of the Old Testament in our common English translation of the bible. For the Read Scripture plan is more in line with how the story actually unfolded.
On Easter Sunday, the Calvary family got to witness God working in the lives of two men who publicly affirmed their faith through baptism. It was a joy to see!
As the Bible is an ancient text, it makes sense that much of it is a recording of history. But to respond by merely reading it as a textbook would be a mistake, for this is history written with a very particular purpose. Namely, it is a theological history — its authors, under the inspiration of God, make theological arguments by the way they tell the stories, and what they include in them.
King of My Heart (Samuel part two)
It’s a little hard to believe that we are already twelve sermons into our adventure through the Bible called The Whole Story. I have been very encouraged to hear from many of you how this pace of moving through the Scriptures week-by-week, book-by-book has helped you see things you’ve never seen before, and appreciate our Father and his Son, Jesus, so much more. Personally, I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed preaching as much as I have this year, discovering how, as our friends at The Bible Project say it, “The Bible is a unified story that leads to Jesus.”
Eight Acts of Service on Easter
We’ve arrived once again to the glory of Holy Week. And as Easter Sunday draws closer, it is good to remind ourselves of ways we can bless those who don’t normally attend Calvary on this highest attended service of the year.
Samuel Part One
As Douglas Wilson has observed, these are fragile times. And when a nation finds itself in the kind of mess we find ourselves in, there is a kind of widespread longing for a leader who has the qualities, vision, and ability to show the way out. That makes sense. Who doesn’t want to find their way out of a mess? But it’s a dangerous spot to be in. It can leave one vulnerable to charlatans and pipe dreams.
Two weeks ago, we spent our Sunday morning gathering in the book of the Judges. It describes a time in the nation of Israel of great darkness, disobedience, destruction, and dystopia. It was a time, states the last sentence in the story, when “there was no king in Israel, and everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” (Judges 21:25). It was very disturbing.