LISTEN WELL

“So pay attention to how you listen! Those who understand [these mysteries] will be given [more knowledge]. However, some people don’t understand [these mysteries]. Even what they think they understand will be taken away from them.” (Luke 8:18)

The preacher has a responsibility before God to prepare his sermon. The congregation also has a responsibility before God. The believers are to be good listeners, holy and prepared. Before coming to church, you need to pray and get ‘in the Spirit’. The way you spend your Saturdays, especially the evenings, will determine the mood you shall be on Sundays. Do not sleep late on Saturday, so that you will not be too tired in the church. We are commanded to keep the Sabbath holy (Ex 20:8). Sunday must be special more than any other day in the week. On Sunday you come to church to listen to the Word of God, pray and praise God. It is also a time of fellowship with the Body of Christ. This is totally different than your company meetings. Here, God is in charge. The way you spend your Sunday will determine your week. So it is very important to make the best out of it. You need to cultivate a holy appetite for the Word of God.

Be careful how you listen to the sermon. It is different than when you listen to some speaker in a business seminar. Pray for your ears! During the church service you should not be passive, day dreaming, lazy or sleepy. There is a danger to lose the little religious understanding you have. There is a danger to change from being religious to becoming an unbeliever.

You should be spiritually active, prayerful, attentive, excited and hungry for fresh revelation. Then God will bless and encourage you, adding to your little revelation. He will increase your store of wisdom and understanding. Study your life! If you are not maturing spiritually, it means that you attend the wrong church or you are not a good listener. In any case pray and repent if necessary.

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