How Are Your Listening Skills?

Chic Broersma

READ : Matthew 13:10-17

He who has ears, let him hear. (Matt. 13:9)

Malcolm Muggeridge wrote: “Every happening, great and small, is a parable whereby God speaks to us, and the art of life is to get the message.” Getting the message requires spiritual discernment. An army of hazards face us as we hear the Word of God. Chief among the perils are a superficial, quick acceptance of the teaching or our allowing the troubles and cares of this world to squeeze out God’s Word. For a growing number of would-be followers the problem is persecution. Phony promises of wealth can make us spiritually hard of hearing. As if money could buy us contentment.

Which of these dangers is the most threatening to you? What is it that blocks your spiritual growth as a follower of Christ? It helps to name the enemy. How will you deal with it?

If you live in a society with overload options and infinite involvements, you face a daily challenge of “How can I keep Christ as my supreme loyalty? How can I effectively block out voices unworthy of my time, attention, and commitment? What are some ways I can turn down the volume of a noisy world in order to hear that ‘still small voice’ of God? What will it take for me to sincerely say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant listens’?”


Lord, open my heart.