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
I had a class on preaching once, many years ago, from a pastor and a professor. And here is what he argued was the key question the preacher must ask of every text of Scripture:
2 Corinthians and The Whole Story
The reason that we began the Whole Story sermon series in January of last year was for the simple reason that we wanted to inspire you to read the Bible.
In the unsearchable counsel of God's will for the world, he has so designed that salvation will come through the church, that body of people gathered by the power of his Holy Spirit.
Why Should I Read The Bible?
Most days I love waking up, coffeeing up, praying up, and then gobbling up the Bible. But not every day. I’m just like you in that. I need reminding about why the Bible — God’s Whole Story — is an important part of my day, for every other part of my day.
One of the dangers of reading the stories of those followers of Jesus that we find in the Bible is we can treat them as if they are almost super-human.
Martin Luther warned that the people of the church are always in danger of their hearts straying from the truth of the good news of the kingdom of God found in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
The Whole Story
On Sunday, January 7th, we will begin a year and a half exploration of the whole story of the whole Bible...
1 Corinthians (part two)
This last Sunday in our Gathering, we studied the book of 1 Corinthians together. The week of preparation leading up to that moment in the pulpit was deeply encouraging, as I sat at the feet of Paul, and watched him apply the reality of Jesus and the fullness of the Good News to four main issues in the lives of Christians in the church at Corinth. I discovered that each issue was a case study in the application of the good news to the very practical matters of our lives.