It was the day of Preparation of Passover Week, about the sixth hour. “Here is your king,” Pilate said to the Jews. But they shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!” “Shall I crucify your king?” Pilate asked. “We have no king but Caesar,” the chief priests answered. John 19:14-15 (NIV)
You will hear many different voices in life. You will see and hear things from a variety of sources. Not everything you hear and see will be healthy and helpful for you as one of my followers. Does that surprise you? No, it doesn’t, not at all. Why is that? This is a broken and sinful world. I’m surprised by your saying, not everything I hear and see will be healthy and helpful for me, as one of your followers. You could have said, most of what I hear and see will not be healthy and helpful to me as one of your followers. Yes, that’s right, I could have said that. That is true.
You will have a choice to make about what you hear and see and take into your heart and mind and life. How so? You will not always be able to divert your eyes or close your ears to the sights and sounds of the world. But, you will be able to make a choice about what sights and sounds you take into your heart and mind and life. Can you say more? I’m not sure that I understand what you are saying. I will ask a few questions for you to consider. Go ahead, I’m listening. Will you listen to the sights and sounds and voices you hear from the world? Will you follow their direction? Will you receive their guidance? Will you follow the crowd by going where they are going? Will you follow the crowd by doing what they are doing? Will your life be guided by the thoughts and opinions and values of the world? No, it will not. That will be very good.
It is not enough to say that you will not follow the sights and sounds and voices of the world. Why not? You will never be able to keep that commitment by yourself, with your own strength. If you try, on your own, you will be overwhelmed by the thoughts and opinions and values of the world. Your statement of commitment is only half of what you must do. What else must I do? You must draw near to me. You must listen to my voice. When you draw near to me, I will draw near to you. My voice will guide and guard you. My voice will teach and train you. My voice will lead you to where I want you to go. My voice will give you what I want you to do. Will you choose to listen to my voice over the voices from the world? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, I have allowed myself to hear and see things that have been unhealthy and unhelpful to my walk with you. Help me to remove that garbage from my life. Instead, I want to hear and see what you want me to receive as direction from you. Amen
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