Am I Listening?

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” Matthew 28.19

We are two days past Christmas and someone has already posted how many shopping days are ahead before next Christmas. Let’s take a mental journey into these last few days before 2017. Many will set goals – some achievable and some not so achievable – for the New Year. A good number of us will set goals to lose weight, get our bodies back into shape, and/or be a better husband, wife, daughter, or son.

But as followers of Christ, how do we go about setting realistic goals that would be consistent with what God wants for us? In the verse above there is the word “Go …” But before we go, are there some other things that need to be in place? It would seem to me that we need at least a working knowledge of the Holy Scriptures. I cannot “tell” something I do not “know.”

In addition to “knowing”, we also need to know how to converse with our Leader and how to wait on His answers. That is called prayer and meditation. I am afraid we have allowed some others to scare us away from “meditation,” but it is a vital part of changing what I believe, how I think, and how I feel. While serving God is not about making us feel good, we need to believe we have divine direction FROM God, and our thought processes help us understand how to think about what God tells us. Then obedience to what we know about God’s plan yields a certain amount of the right kind of feeling.

In the verse above, God’s command to His church to “Go … teach … and baptize” is instruction to us and for us as part of the local church and the family of God. So perhaps we should consider our involvement in our local church and ask God if there is something more He would have us do, or are there some things that we just need to do better. Just my thoughts …

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