Summary: This sermon explores the art of listening and the things that hinder our ability to hear God
Are you listening?
How well do you listen? For me, listening can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. Anyone who knows me well knows that I am a little scatterbrained. I have the attention span of a squirrel or a gold fish, so paying attention isn’t one of my strong points.
God’s word tells us that if we are one of His children, then whatever we do, we are to do as if we were doing it for Him. Whatever we do, we are to do it to the best of our abilities.
God’s word teaches that we are to be and do the best we can in every aspect of our life for His glory.
Today, I want to talk about how well we listen.
I read that President Roosevelt hated greeting dignitaries in the receiving line at White House events. He felt that no matter what he said, people weren’t listening.
So on one such occasion, rather than saying hello or welcome, he started saying “I murdered my grandmother this morning.” Just as he figured, people responded by saying, great, wonderful, keep up the good work…
…however, the ambassador from Bolivia stopped after hearing President Roosevelt’s strange greeting and said, “I’m sure she had it coming.”
We have all experienced both sides of this situation as the one not listening or the one not being listened to.
I would submit to you that it is impossible to have a meaningful relationship with anyone without good communication.
Many of us lack good communication skills, especially listening skills.
I’ve heard it said, “what you say isn’t necessarily what they hear.”
How many times have you had a conversation with someone and a week later they say that you said “X” and you know that you said “Y”.
When I was a member of a military flight crew, there were rules about intercom communications when you were prosecuting a target. The pilot, tactical officer, and sensor operators had to work as a team in order to be successful.
Thus, when you spoke on the intercom you would identify who you were talking to, who you were, and then your information. For example, I would say, “Tac, sensor 1, I have a sonar contact on buoy 1 bearing 349 degrees.”
His response would be, “Sensor 1, Tac, roger contact buoy 1 bearing 349 degrees.”
Did you see how that works, I identified myself and who I was talking to and then gave the information. He, in turn, identified me and himself, and repeated the information, thus confirming that he had heard me.
If he had repeated it back to me incorrectly, I would have the opportunity to correct the error immediately.
Our ability to effectively communicate with each other within the body of Christ is of great importance. If we don’t understand each other, then Satan can exploit our misunderstandings to cause strife within the Church.
Have you ever been talking to someone who didn’t seem interested in anything you had to say, they are just waiting for you to stop talking so they can say what they want to say.