The saying goes like this: “It takes all sorts to make a world”.
No doubt you have heard that saying?
There are sweets (candy) you can buy that go by the name of Liquorice AllSorts.
Guess what? Everybody has a different favourite.
And we all have our favourite ‘kind-of-person’.
Some folks we warm to immediately.
With others, – in our tolerant desire to embrace all – we have more of a struggle.
There are those who are so full of their own opinion, that they can’t hear yours. There are those who have had an academic grounding far beyond your limited sphere of study. Sometimes however, they don’t have the lessons that can only be learnt from life-experience(s).
We can have favourite friends. Friends we more readily confide in, due to their proven track record.
We automatically listen much more attentively to certain individuals, because we have observed their life for years perhaps, and have admired the way they live their lives.
Others because we have observed their shortcomings, will rarely be on the receiving end of our private thoughts.
So we switch-off much more quickly from listening and really taking-in what they say.
At this point I am asking myself to stop and think over, what this blogger has said up to now.
And I am calling myself to alertness – and to revisit the whole idea of hearing. Remember (I am saying to myself, and therefore to you), to switch your hearing mechanism up to its fullest capacity.
Perhaps you have a hearing aid? Well it’s the inner ear of heart and mind I am referring to. It is easy to switch off and to not pay attention.
God has been speaking since the beginning of creation. His voice is not in the flowers or the mountains, even though He could make the stones cry out, or sing His praise.
He has chosen to speak through men – that’s His chosen method.
Not my idea – His.
1.God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
The difference in the New Testament is that His final way of speaking is through His own Son. He took upon Himself the ‘form’ of a man. He walked the earth and spoke His words, recorded by other human beings, specially chosen for the task.
How’s our hearing?
The Lord Jesus, is my favourite person, and the strange thing is, sometimes even though He is, I begin to stop listening. Now to raise the volume in my heart and head.
How about you?
Philippians 2/ (Amp.)
7 but emptied Himself [without renouncing or diminishing His deity, but only temporarily giving up the outward expression of divine equality and His rightful dignity] by assuming the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men [He became completely human but was without sin, being fully God and fully man].