Good listening

Luke 8:16-18

No one lights a lamp to cover it with a bowl or to put it under a bed. No, it is put on a lamp-stand so that people may see the light when they come in.

For nothing is hidden but it will be made clear, nothing secret but it will be made known and brought to light.
So take care how you listen; anyone who has, will be given more; anyone who has not, will be deprived even of what he thinks he has.’

Scripture: The words that spoke to me today are
So take care how you listen; anyone who has, will be given more; anyone who has not, will be deprived even of what he thinks he has.’

Observation: Good listening

There are a number of elements to good listening but if I had to pick one that just stands out amongst all others, it is an open heart to receive. This call to listen is set against the backdrop of nothing is secret, absolutely nothing. Imagine having a conversation with someone that knows everything you think, feel and know. Would you listen and act upon what you heard, to not do so would be disappointing and somewhat deceitful in a way. On top of that, Jesus says that if I listen I will receive, just for listening, count me in!

Application:

Yesterday’s reading spoke to me of praying in the right manner, listening and acting was a part of the message I received. Today the message is even clearer and I note that I get this message two days in a row. Jesus wants to shine a light on all areas of my life and I need to listen to this. I know that when I am busy or tired, I am not a good listener and tend to analyse or even make up what I think Jesus is saying to me rather than listening and receiving. When my heart is not open and it might be better not to do it at all if that is how I am Jesus when he is trying to talk to me. So take care how I listen, don’t rush, don’t make it up, be still, be quiet, open my heart to receive, I want to receive you Jesus.

Prayer:

Lord,
May through your grace a receptive and open heart be instilled in me to receive your words, message and lessons for me.
Shine your light into all the areas of my being, spare nothing from this light.
Help me to be your good listener
Amen