Hearing His Voice (Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness, Day 8)
This blog has been temporarily overtaken by my Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness Challenge. You can find out more by checking out the Introduction.
Probably one of the greatest assets in this whole journey is an ability to sense the Lord’s voice and leading. Truthfully, this is why we’re even attempting this experiment. We’ve been disconnected and unable to hear. So it’s great that things are beginning to open up as far as my ability to hear His voice.
This morning I was driving to meet with another leader in the body of Christ for breakfast. While I was driving, my mind drifted back to two different friends that I had in my early days as a believer, one in high school, the other in college. Each of these guys turned to Jesus or returned to Jesus during our friendship. In each of these relationships, my hope was that these friends would be life-long buddies who would serve the Lord side-by-side with me. Each of them eventually fell into deep sin and rebellion. One has even publically denied Christ. Neither of these friends had been on my mind prior to that point, but after thinking through each of their situations, the Lord’s voice broke in: “Many are called, but few are chosen.”
When the Lord spoke these words, they hit me like a thunderbolt, and I began to see the biblical parable come alive in my spirit (Matthew 22:1-14). Guests invited to the wedding feast, each making excuses for why they could not come. And then from there I saw others from our day come and talk to Jesus about their busyness. Lord, I have this business to start, Lord my kids have this event they’re part of, etc. My heart was struck by the tenderness of the Lord in the midst of the seriousness of the situation. There are many that are called but few will make the adjustments to be ready for the feast. And I saw all the times I and others had done the same things. My heart was tender. I very much did not want to go to my meeting. I know this is a message that needs to be shared…I share it here because it came as part of this thirty day challenge, but it is so much more than that.
This seems to be one of the increasing realities of this challenge. I get quiet before God and listen. Nothing happens. Then as I’m driving or talking or working, I begin to hear the voice of Jesus. My guess is that being faithful to listen doesn’t just extend to our 30 minutes. It makes us listen better constantly.
One last thing. Tonight he showed me that part of the reason I haven’t heard as much is I haven’t done a few of the things he told me to do previously. Now I’m making a list and going back to finish them. Faithfulness is key in this journey. If you have something the Lord has shown you and you haven’t done it yet…consider this your friendly kick in the pants. Go do it!
So, how have you been hearing His voice lately? Let me know in the comments section.
Join us on the “Thirty Days to Greater Fruitfulness” experiment. For the rest of September we are spending 30 minutes in silent prayer listening to Jesus and then acting on what He asks us to do. Then we blog about the changes that are occurring in our lives through the marriage of listening and obedience. It’s not too late. If you’re just checking out that experiment feel free to jump in. And if you want more information, you can check it out here.