The Northfield

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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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09/17/2008

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Read, Listen, Do.....

"Therefore consider carefully how you listen" (Luke 8:18).

As a minister, I get to meet a lot of people. When someone new attends worship, I try to welcome them and introduce myself. There is nothing worse than looking back at them in a few minutes, and not remembering their names. Maybe worse, you have a conversation with someone, and after you part, you don't remember a thing they have said. Why does this happen? Can we just chalk it up to a bad memory, or did we just not listen?

By the same token, how many times have you read the Bible,and come away without memory or grasp of what you read? Jesus admonishes us in today's verse to listen carefully. God's Word is Him speaking to us. It is His personal instruction to us for better, more productive, and happy living. Jesus often drew huge crowds when He spoke. He sometimes spoke so long, that by the time He was finished, the people were physically hungry. If we lived back then, do you suppose we would have been hanging on every word of Jesus?

We need to have listening HEARTS, both in daily interactions, and in our reading of the Word. When we read His Word, it needs to be with an open heart. An open heart that has the desire and willingness to "hear" what He is saying to us. We must read with the confidence that God is in control and knows what we need before we ask. As we read, we can look at ourselves, to see if we measure up to Jesus' example.

When Paul wrote to Timothy in 2 Tim 3:16-17, he echoed the importance of the Word. That it is "God-breathed." That it is "useful for teaching." That it would "equip a man of God for every good work."

Lastly, James says to us, "Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says" (1:22). What happens then is that we complete the trilogy. We read, listen and do.....

Have a great Wednesday....Make a difference...Love mark Phil. 4:11

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