Listening to His Word

In John 14, the Lord Jesus Christ comforts His disciples and prepares them for His eventual going away. He reminded them “If you love me, you will obey what I commanded… whoever has my commandments and obeys them, he is the one who loves me.  He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him”.

This is a good reminder for us to stay close to God and be listening to Him. The COVID-19 event has changed the way of our lives significantly.  Recently, a friend sent a note to a chatgroup with this:

“Sadly true… Sunday virtual worship has rendered many of us to be too casual in our worship. Multi-tasking while service is going on. Make coffee, eat our breakfast, etc.  Post COVID-19, how many able-bodied Christians will renounce the twin gods of comfort and convenience and return to the ancient path of in-person Koinonia in the house of the Lord?”

Hope that this short sharing will help and encourage us as we tune in during online Sunday sermon time.

We can drift through worship service week by week, hearing but not really listening. We are present in body but absent in spirit. Eyes open but distracted in mind, divided in heart and drowsy in soul. Exactly like what the chatgroup shared about. Our faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the Word of Christ. Hence, how we hear will determine, over time, whether the Word we hear is choked by earthly cares or nurtured by God into good fruits.

Jesus always cautions us “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”  So, do we have ears for God’s Word? If God desires to sow His Word into our hearts, are we willing to make way for it?

I am sure we have heard this before. How many days must we start preparing ourselves for worship on a Sunday? And we are told the day before Sunday and the day after Sunday. Effectively, the whole week! Someone once said that God visits His people in a special way every Lord’s Day.

It is indeed Heart work as well as Hard work!

Many of us struggle to listen on Sunday morning because we stayed up late on Saturday night. Are we into the habit of reading the sermon passage the morning or the evening before? Or have we even specifically prayed for the speaker and the service gathering of the next morning?

It is always said that the task of listening during the sermon begins in the heart.

Andrew Lim