“My sheep hear my voice;
I know them, and they follow me.
I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish.
No one can take them out of my hand.
My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all,
and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand.
The Father and I are one.”
To belong to Jesus we must first hear his voice, which means we must cultivate an intimate relationship with him, so that we can recognize the things he says. Much like our human relationships, with work-lots of work- we become adept at “reading” the other person without words and listening not only with our ears, but also with all of our senses and with our heart. This is the depth of relationship that God desires with us. This is the intimate God we seek, and who seeks us.
Often we might think that God is silent, but the contrary most probably holds true. God tries to speak but we are too noisy and distracted to hear him. We let the deafening noise of fear and anxiety, and power and position, and appearance and status to fill our ears with voices that overwhelm us and drown out God. God rarely shouts over the distracting roar of life.
Do you / can you still yourself to sit and listen for God, regularly, as you need to do with your most human intimate relationships?
God is patient with you…how patient are you willing to be with God?
If you think that the challenge of hearing God is a daunting task, heeding is probably more easily imagined than done. Those dissenting noises that attempt to block God’s voice in the first place remain loud and obnoxious and chip away at resolve and determination to do what you have heard.
Considering the adage “like teaching an old dog new tricks” we know what we know, we are comfortable with our routine, patterns are established and mindlessly followed, but more often than not, God’s voice will ask for something different. Regardless how good we are, we can always improve and God wants our best and wants the best for us. This is the ongoing call to conversion.
Doing what God wants of us is not a static, isolated in time response, it is dynamic, current, active and intentional participation in the here and now of relationship and often takes us out of our comfort zones, disrupts our previous routines, fills us with fear, uncertainty, and doubt as we move towards a new equilibrium in our relationship with God and others.
Are you afraid to heed what God says because you might fail, or is there a fear of succeeding for success in small matters might lead God to ask more of you?
Do you fear what people might say if you change your ways and move more closely to what God desires of you?
From the Scripture passage God tells us that for hearing God and heeding God, God will provide eternal life and hold us securely in his hand which no one can wrestle away. God seeks a relationship with you, a permanent and ongoing relationship that last forever.
Seems like the only one who can diminish my relationship with God is me! No one else can wrestle me out of God’s hands only I can do that when I fail to hear and heed God.
God invites you into relationship… will you accept his invitation?
Who / what distracts you from your relationship with God?
How can you be more intentional in forming a relationship with God?