Ears to hear
Through John, Jesus send a message to 7 churches in Asia. At the end of each message he mentions the following phrase over and over again:
"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."
- What God thinks about your leadership and ministry is vastly more important that what anyone else says about it.
- Don't worry about looking like a success to others focus on what God says. What looked successful to people was far from it in God's economy & what looked like a failure was bringing a smile to God's face.
- Jesus had an individual and specific message to each church. What he said to one did not necessarily apply to another. God has a specific message for each of us.
- Jesus even portrayed a different part of John's vision of Him (Recorded in Rev 1) to each individual church. God may give you a vision that is a little different to what he gives to someone else. If its still Jesus don't fall out about it.
Time alone in the silence, with no tv, radio, ipod etc etc. is the first step to opening our ears to hear God.
Today we ventured out to the countryside and had a coffee in the middle of what seemed nowhere. It was early and the coffee shop had only just opened so there was no one around and it was far from a main road. The silence struck me. It was so unusual. But then as I listened I could hear the birds tweeting. I just felt God prompt me to say just like the birds his voice was always there but I couldn't always hear it because I hadn't taken the time to find the silence and then listen.