Have you ever been around someone who always has something to say but never wants to listen? It’s difficult to build a relationship with a conversation-hog! Communication strengthens a relationship when it’s two-sided.
God wants to have a two-sided conversation with you. He listens to us through our prayers, and He expects us to listen to Him through His word. God loves our prayers. In Revelation, God reveals that he has golden bowls in heaven filled with incense – the prayers of the saints (Revelation 5:8). God’s favorite smell is the smell of his people pouring out their hearts to him.
But God wants to be heard by us also.
At one point during Jesus’s ministry, he took Peter, James, and John up on a mountain. Jesus transfigured into a glorious form. Elijah and Moses joined him. A dark cloud overshadowed them and God the father spoke through the cloud. He could have told the disciples anything in that moment. He chose these words:
“This is my son, my Chosen One; Listen to Him.” – Luke 9:35
We need to listen to Jesus.
Do you believe that the Bible is God’s Word? If you’re a follower of Christ, you should. Here’s what scripture says about itself:
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. -2 Timothy 3:16-17
The scriptures are God’s words written by the prophets and apostles. God inspired the writers. We should respect it as God’s Word. It’s the creator and the savior’s conversation with us.
If we’re supposed to listen to Jesus, does that mean only reading the red-letter parts? After all, those are the words of Jesus.. right?
Actually John 1 says this:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.
Jesus is the Word of God. All of it. Jesus Christ inspired the entire Bible. It’s all about Him from Genesis to Revelation.
We should make God’s word a priority in our lives. If we want to improve our relationship with Christ, we need to work our communication skills. We should pray, and we also should listen what God has to say. We need to make a quiet time a part of our daily routine. As my fellow blogger Joel wrote in an earlier post, “A habit is the hardest thing to start… but it’s also the hardest thing to break.” We need to get some good habits started in our lives… such as opening up our Bibles, reading them, and listening to God.
Do you feel you need to spend more time in God’s Word?
What can you do to unclutter your life and make scripture a priority?
Tags : Bible, Listening, priorities, Reading, relationship
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