Those Who Have Ears
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
~ Revelation 2:17
In school I was a daydreamer. The teacher would drone on and on and my mind would begin to wander. My thoughts were on a myriad of things, yet somehow, the teacher’s words would penetrate my dreams. I could hear in part, but not the whole. I might miss some instructions, but would grasp the main concept of the lesson. I knew what I needed to learn.
Many of us are in a daydream world, but we somehow wake up enough to hear when the word of God is spoken. The message of Jesus, dying for our sins, stirs up some reaction in our inner spirits and minds. We try to ignore it, but it pulls at our heart strings.
We may have already made up our minds to just be neutral on this matter. After all, we have depended upon our self, and up to this point it has served us well. We are successful when we gauge our worth by monetary standards. We are successful in achievements. We are successful in moralistic values. We are good people. We give to the needy and have never committed any crimes. Why would we want to come to Christ when we are already better than our neighbor who professes Christ and is deplorable?
Comparing ourselves to others, never serves a good purpose. Yes, there are people who profess Christ with their lips, but maybe their hearts are not truly His, and their actions reflect it. It really does not matter, when we hear the calling of Christ, we cannot use others as our compass, and we cannot use our accomplishments as our guide.
We are being pulled, as if in all our successfulness, there is something amiss. I think the issue is, we really do not have much of a choice, because we hear. In Matthew 13:9 Jesus says, “Whoever has ears, let them hear.” He was not speaking of physical ears on the sides of our head, but the ears of our heart. Not everyone may be able to hear with their heart at this time, but for those of us who do, it behooves us to listen.
If you hear the voice of Jesus calling, “Come follow me,” don’t delay. If it is coming through your daydreaming mind, and hitting your heart there is a reason: You have ears to hear. Let His love knock you off your perch of self-satisfaction. No sense in resisting His call. His gift is better than you could ever imagine.
Dear Jesus, Thank you for calling out to us personally. Help us not to resist your call. Amen
~ Jenny Calvert