July 23, 2014

LIsten

I said yesterday that God just wants his choices to be willing, not necessarily qualified.

Spiritually speaking, that says to me that we want to be a people who are listening. And we don’t make good listeners if we aren’t even in the conversation. And we are usually not even in the conversation if we’re not putting out the effort to learn more about God…in our case through the life of Jesus Christ, and then spending some time wrestling if necessary, with what we learn…

If what we learn doesn’t challenge us, give us new insight or reasons to question some things it is not doing the intended…Through the parables especially, Jesus challenged people’s long standing thoughts and practices and made them think, Scripture just does that when we look to grow deeper in our faith. It makes us think.

If I only study the Scriptures with the intended purpose to confirm what I already know I’m missing something. We study to gain new insight, new purpose, to be open to how God is attempting to act and to move in our world…study gives us the ability to be like those before us that God used to accomplish his purposes…the ability to listen.  Be still…and listen.

Peace

Jim

 

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