Listen Eagerly!

MP900444217[1] The crowds with one accord listened eagerly to what was said by Philip, hearing and seeing the signs that he did. (Acts 8:6)

As Philip spread the good news of Jesus Christ, he quickly garnered an enthusiastic audience. Crowds gathered to listen to him. We are told that they didn’t just listen, they listened eagerly. There was a sense of expectation in the air! That expectation triggered a desire and a hunger for Philip’s words!

Eager expectation triggers desire!

Isn’t that a great way to approach the Word of God? Whether reading the Word or hearing the Word proclaimed, we would do well to be eager recipients. Jesus told us that those who hunger and thirst for righteousness shall be satisfied. So we have good reason to be eager and expectant whenever and wherever the Word is being proclaimed!

Another advantage to listening eagerly is that it causes us to pay closer attention. In fact, the impact something makes on us is often directly proportional to the amount of attention we give to it! When we pay close attention, we move from just listening to actually hearing! With hearing, the message is more likely to get through, take hold and begin to change us!

Eager listeners pay closer attention!

MP900422194[1] Frankly, it is not uncommon to hear a person say, “God was so real to me in that moment” when they describe a spiritually rich time in their lives. Part of the reason God was so real was because their attention was 100% focused on God. Everything else was set aside. In that moment, that person was so attuned to God that God became more than an idea or theological concept. In that moment, God became real. God was experienced!

How wonderful it is to be that focused! Singular attention can really put us in a position to realize how wonderful God is, how indescribably amazing God’s glory is, and how life transforming God’s love can be!

Giving God our attention is also a sign of our love for him. When we give God our attention, we are showing God that God is more important to us than anything else going on in our lives at that moment. Attention is definitely one way to communicate to God how much we value him.

Attention communicates value!

MP900402576[1]But attention does even more than that. Giving God our full attention is one way of  making ourselves more available. That’s because the more attention we give, the more God’s truth will be able to penetrate our hearts and minds, the more God’s love will be able to change our lives, and the more God’s Spirit will be able to influence our behaviors.

Attention increases availability!

So we can all learn from this Samaritan crowd. We can learn to do what they did, and to put our full attention on the things of God!

Listen eagerly to what God is saying to you!

 Prayer:

Lord, you speak in so many ways. Help me to eagerly hear your Word. Help me to put my full attention on what you are revealing. Make me an enthusiastic listener!

Amen.

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