Are we ready to listen to Jesus?
What are we to do? It all starts with listening. From there, as a follower of Jesus, we are to speak the Word of Jesus to unbelievers. Jesus promises that they are not just listening to us. They are hearing the words of Jesus.
People are called upon to listen attentively to God’s word, to his Son and also to words of wisdom. Followers must not only listen to God’s word but also put it into practice. Those who refuse to listen to God’s word or to correction are condemned. They are rejecting Jesus.
Am I listening? Am I rejecting Jesus?
- Later the Master [Jesus] selected seventy and sent them ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he intended to go. He gave them this charge … “The one who listens to you, listens to me. The one who rejects you, rejects me. And rejecting me is the same as rejecting God, who sent me.” | Luke 10:16 (The Message)
- Who hears Jesus? The sheep, hear Jesus. Those who are willing to follow the voice of the Shepherd hear Jesus. “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.” John 10:27 (NASB)
Jesus is clear and Jesus has a question for me.
Am I listening to Him?
“Simply put, if you’re not willing to take what is dearest to you, whether plans or people, and kiss it good-bye, you can’t be my disciple.
“Salt is excellent. But if the salt goes flat, it’s useless, good for nothing.
“Are you listening to this? Really listening?”Luke 14:33-34 (The Message)
What does Jesus want from me? Jesus wants me to listen. Jesus wants me to be a good and faithful servant. Jesus wants me to obey His commands.
Our mission is to do what Master Jesus wants us to do, today and every day. Listening involves doing. Loving our neighbor involves action.
Jesus has some amazing things to say.
In what I read. In what I hear in my heart. I have ears. I can hear.
Jesus’ point is that just because you have ears doesn’t mean you will listen and hear. We all know that. Jesus makes it clear that He knows it as well. The key is a spirit to listen to God. And having listened, to act on what God wants us to do.
There are also things He is not saying. Am I asking questions about things He has nothing to say? Am I focused on what He is saying or not saying?
God has a goal for us today. It requires that we listen to Jesus. He is in control.
Then Jesus said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” — Jesus Mark 4:9
May I listen to His word.
May I hear what He is saying to me today.