Real listening is an imitation of the heavenly reality of the God who listens. Therefore every time we slow down to hear what is going on around us; we find ourselves standing on holy ground.
Scripture say’s to be slow to speak and quick to listen. A common saying is that we have been given two ears and only one mouth…so we should listen twice as much as we speak As a frequent blogger, I’m not quite sure what to make of that saying….
In the natural I find it hard to listen. Often the answers to the questions I have asked are already forming in my mind; and I’m ready to respond to what I think will be said… however in doing so, I am in reality only listening to myself and not to the other person.
Pastors / Churches believe they know the answer to problems. And indeed the Christian church does have the answer to the problem of Sin and his name is Jesus. However do we as the Church, take the time to sit and listen to what is going on around us; so that we can hear the heart beat of what is going on around us, and therefore know how we can best answer the questions that are being raised and in doing so truly make Jesus known?
God doesn’t just hear. He listens. He listens not only to our every word. He listens to every unspoken word. He hears the cry of our heart. He see’s our every action and knows why we do and don’t do what we do and why we respond in the ways we do.
What power would the church have today if we could but do the same?