What you doing with what God is saying?
Back in the early 90s I used to be a big fan of the TV series, the X-files. Every week, Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully investigated a wide range of "extraordinary" cases ranging from Loch Ness monsters to Aliens. Dana was a lapsed Catholic, but in one particular episode her faith was "pricked" during an investigation into the appearance of huge angels in a particular town.
Every episode always ended with a poignant moment of reflection by both agents, and so in the final moments Mulder turned to Scully and asked "What are you afraid of? That God isn't speaking?" Scully paused and then replied, "No; I'm afraid that God is speaking but no-one is listening."
Do you really believe that God wants to speak to you today? And if you do, are you tuned in? Are you listening? If you read Job 33:14 or Jeremiah 7:13 - to name a couple of examples - you'll read of God's longing for people to listen to Him - and yet they're not tuned in.
So here is a great question to ask yourself, and those you are discipling?
What are you doing, with what God is saying?
Rather than simply asking "What have you read in the Bible?" or "What are you praying about?" this question encourages us to really press in to what God is saying and how we're responding.
After all, we don't pray or read scripture just for the sake of it. We do these things to hear from God, and then act on what He is saying to us (James 1:22-25).
The story of Samuel in 1 Samuel 3:1-11 reminds us of a few important principles as we seek to grow in listening and responding to God.
- Listening to God takes practice. The more we take time to listen, the more attuned to His voice we'll become. I've never heard an audible voice of God but I'm learning to discern when the thoughts in my head are from God or elsewhere.
- God will never say anything that doesn't line up with His word and His character. For example, God is never going to tell you to lie.
- God's word to you will be consistent with who He made you to be. For example, if you think that God is calling you to be a worship leader, but you can't hold a note, then it's probably not God speaking.
In John 10, Jesus makes it clear that He wants us to get to know His voice so that we will follow Him on the right path in life. let's all seek to grow in this area in the coming year. Start today! And whenever you connect with Christian friends in the coming month, why not study the verses I've given, and ask each other this question ...
What has God been speaking to you about, and what are you doing about it?