Friday means looking at the word prompt and joining Kate Motaung for Five Minute Friday. One word prompt. Five minutes. No editing. Many of us writing on that same word.
Today’s prompt is … Listen.
Interesting word prompt. We currently have one in our family who struggles with listening. Oh, she hears us but often will continue on with what she is doing making you question if perhaps she did not hear you at all.
And the question comes, “Aren’t there days in which you tune Me out as well?”
Listen, as defined by dictionary.com means not only hearing or giving attention with the ear but “attending closely for the purpose of hearing with the intent to follow through or obey.”
Paul, in writing to the Romans, knew we would find it hard to listen and reminded us all:
“For merely listening to the law doesn’t make us right with God. It is obeying the law that makes us right in his sight.” (Romans 2:13, NLT)
Jesus in addressing the people one day said, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me” (John 10:27, NLT). Their problem was not a lack of information because Jesus had already taught them much. He said this due to their lack of believing in Him and following after Him.
True listening is hearing that leads the way to an action.