“No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him.” Luke 8:16-18 (NIV)
Listen And Hear
How will you know if you are really listening to me? How will you make sure that you are really hearing what I want you to hear? I will make time to hear from you. I will not race through life making myself unavailable to hear from you. I will sit at your feet. I will quiet myself before you. I will give you my undivided attention. I will make listening to you the absolute and highest priority of my life. I know that there is a difference between casually listening and really hearing. What’s the difference? If I am only casually listening your word might go in my one ear and out the other. Such listening would have no real and lasting impact on my life. It probably would be better to not listen at all than to casually listen. Why is that? Casually listening might fool me into thinking that I was really hearing you. That’s true.
How will you know if you are really listening and fully hearing me? I will put into practice all that you are teaching me. My thoughts and word and actions will be quite different if I am really listening and fully hearing you. How will you know if your thoughts and words and actions are quite different because you have heard from me? I will be shining brightly in the world for you. I will be a bold and bright witness for you. Others will have been drawn to you through the brightness of your light shining in and through my life. I will be receiving all that you want to give me. I will be growing into the person you have called me to become. Is there anything else that you might have missed? Well, it almost goes without saying that I will not be walking in darkness. I will be letting nothing prevent the brightness of your light form shining in and through me. If I have really listened and heard from you, I will be continually walking with you in the light. I will be continually separating myself from darkness so that I will be able to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Yes, you will. That will be very good.
Lord, I want my life to shine brightly in the world for you. I do not want your light in me to be hidden. I will guard my life against any darkness that hinder my light from shining brightly for you. I will listen attentively to you. Give me all you want me to receive. Amen
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