Slow down and listen

If you’re anything like me, you’re busy all the time. The responsibilities of family, work, and church leave you with very little time for yourself… and very little time for God.

“Not me! I lead Bible studies, I’m on this committee and that group, and I’m in the pew every time the church is open.” Great! But are you growing in your personal walk with God through daily study of His Word and prayer time, or are you just being busy with related things? There’s nothing wrong with groups, committees, and services, but if they come at the expense of your private communion with God, they have become a barrier between you and God.

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“I listen to worship music and post Bible verses on my social media.” It’s a good thing to show that you are not ashamed to be associated with Christ. But does the truth of the lyrics and the Bible verses impact you? Can you look back over your life and see growth, change, and spiritual progress as you become more like Him?

“I read my Bible every morning.” What a wonderful way to start the day! And do you reflect back on it throughout the day, meditate on it, take it to heart, and let it take root and change you? Does it mold and shape you into a more useful vessel for Christ to use for His glory? Or is it just something you do every day out of well-intentioned habit?

“I have prayer time every evening before bed.” When do you just sit still in His presence and listen? When do you wait expectantly for Him to speak, to comfort, to touch you in a life-changing and personal way? Talking to God is important, but communication involves listening, too.

Jesus noted Martha’s hard work and busy-ness, but He commended Mary’s priorities above her sister’s when she chose to sit at His feet and fellowship instead of rushing around to prepare the meal. Martha was displaying an attitude that placed greater importance on keeping busy and looking productive than on spending time in the presence of the Saviour.

Jesus calls to us over the noise of our busy lives. He asks us to slow down, sit with Him, and listen. He treasures our unhurried, undivided attention and blesses our desire to fellowship with Him. 

God is in the business of changing lives, and His desire is for us to enjoy Him forever, beginning right now, and lasting for all eternity.

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