Blurb 28th February 2016

Hi Church family,

Do you struggle sometimes to make time to listen to God? I do. In fact, I have made it my personal goal for this year to improve in this area. Here are some of my reflections on this so far:

Why is it so hard for me to listen to God?

– Because I don’t want to be told what to do! What if he tells me to do something I don’t want to do? I like having my own way.
Romans 7:25: This, then, is my condition: on my own I can serve God’s law only with my mind, while my human nature serves the law of sin.

And if I don’t listen to God?

– Then I won’t be fruitful. And I’m not really serving God. Because a servant needs to hear his Master’s instructions in order to carry them out.
John 15:5 ‘I am the vine, and you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will bear much fruit; for you can do nothing without me.’

So… my reluctance to take time to listen to God is actually rebellion against him (sin). It is refusal to submit my will to His and it shows lack of trust in his goodness. (ouch!)
Jesus said: ‘I have come in order that you might have life—life in all its fullness.’ (John 10:10)
Let’s make sure we don’t miss out on the joy that comes from a life spent with God. Our Heavenly Father is infinitely wise, abundantly loving, perfectly good. Let’s allow Him to work in and through us, knowing that He wants what is best for us and we can trust Him. It all starts with taking the time to listen to Him.

Domini Martin