Doing what’s important

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John 8

But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them.

If Jesus were teaching at church early Sunday morning I think we all would be there.  Have you ever been offered tickets to a ball game or a concert or a show?  Was it convenient to use those tickets?  I remember a time when Bobbi and I were given tickets to go to a concert of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  This was a real treat to us for we love live concerts and the CSO is one of the premier orchestras in the world.  But the tickets were for a matinee concert.  How could we rearrange our schedule to get downtown in the middle of the afternoon, park the car, get in and out in a reasonable manner?  No surprise, we made it work. It was wonderful and worth every effort.

When it comes down to it, we do what we want to do.  The people of Jesus day were no different.  They heard that Jesus was teaching in the temple and they flocked to the temple to hear him.  How wonderful it must have been to personally hear Jesus teach!  “No one taught like he taught,” they said.  And when they heard Jesus they all agreed.

How often do we spend time listening to our Savior, the Lord Jesus.  We might engage in the spiritual disciplines of Bible reading and prayer but how much time do we spend listening to Him?  Last summer we taught the book, Transforming Prayer, and I have read the Bible differently ever since. I now read looking for ways to revere God.  As I revere Him I respond to that reverence with awe and praise.  I am listening to the Lord Jesus.

We are good talkers, we pray often, but are we good listeners?  Are we waiting on the Lord to hear from Him?  Let’s arrange our schedules to take time to listen to the Lord Jesus.  He is speaking today.

Please be in prayer for Sunday.  I am studying Isaiah 59 but have been reading in Acts.  What does God want you to hear?  Isaiah 59 is a great chapter dealing with the power of God to act and the limiting effects of sin on God’s power.  But in the end, God acts and draws people to himself anyway. 

Keep VBS in your prayers.  Invitation letters have gone out to last years families and signs will go up this week.  Pray for some open spots to be filled with workers and pray for children and adults to hear the gospel and be saved.  The salvation of the lost is our greatest goal for this outreach.

Have a great day in the Lord,

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