Listen Up

Have you ever been talking with someone, knowing that every word you are saying is rolling off of them like a pointless waterfall? They may act like they are listening, but it feels like each word has just bounced back to you due to a no landing zone.

Jesus spoke to Martha, “Your brother will rise again.” Now she had the option to absorb His Words, soak in them, believe each syllable and go stand at the tomb until it was done. No. She did what most of us do. She halfway listened.

“I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”

Not that this wasn’t admirable for her to speak in faith, in agreement with the Lord of the ultimate plan of eternal life. To be content with His will, though it meant waiting. But it was almost like those times when someone is trying to tell us something significant, and we brush it off saying, “I know, I know.”

She knew the alphabetical meaning of what He said, while not fully depending on the power of the Voice behind the words. Jesus does not waste words. They are Spirit, and they are life. They are eternal and completely worth listening to; powerful and to be obeyed.

It is commendable to read the Word all day long, but it is like we are wearing a spiritual raincoat if the Words are just rolling off of us without taking root. I challenge you to make yourself truly listen.

Lord, may we have ears to hear what You are saying to the churches. Help us to just simply believe, without trying to reason for ourselves what You may fully mean. I don’t want to miss what You are able to do just because I cannot wrap my mind around what You have spoken. I believe. Even when I don’t understand, I choose to listen and believe. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.


John 11

John 13:17

Matthew 7:21, 24-29

John 6:63-69

Ezekiel 20:11, 13, 21

Ecclesiastes 5:1

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