Summary: In this sermon, we learn how to have wholly devoted ears by listening to God, listening to others, and listening to only what is good.
A. The story is told of an elderly man who stopped at a hearing aid clinic and asked about their prices.
1. The salesman said, “Well, our prices range from $25,000 all the way down to $1.50.”
2. “Wow, that’s quite a range,” said the customer, “What is the $25,000 model like?”
3. The salesman held up the hearing aid and said, “The sound is perfect and it also translates three languages.”
4. The customer said, “Very impressive. What about the one for $1.50?”
5. The salesman said, “It is a button attached to a string,” as he pushed a sample across the counter.
6. “How does it work?” asked the customer.
7. The salesman answered, “You put the button in your ear, and the string in your pocket, and you’ll be surprised how loudly people talk to you.”
8. Some of us do have problems with our hearing, and it helps when people talk more loudly, but sometimes our hearing problems are of another nature.
B. The well-known Broadway producer, Jed Harris, once became convinced that he was losing his hearing.
1. So he visited a hearing specialist who tested his hearing in an interesting manner.
2. The specialist pulled out a gold pocket watch and asked, “Can you hear this ticking?”
a. “Of course,” Harris replied.
3. The specialist then walked over to the door and asked the same question, “Can you hear this ticking?”
a. Harris concentrated and said, “Yes, I can hear it clearly.”
4. Then the doctor walked into the next room and repeated the question a third time.
a. A third time Harris said that he could hear the ticking.
5. “Mr. Harris,” the doctor concluded, “there is nothing wrong with your hearing, there is only a problem with your listening.”
6. How clearly does that describe you? “There is nothing wrong with your hearing, but there is a problem with your listening!”
C. Today we return to our Wholly Devoted Series.
1. We are exploring how to be wholly devoted to God with all that we are and all that we have.
2. The two verses that have provided our launching point are Mark 12:30 and Rom. 6:13.
a. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30)
b. “Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness” (Romans 6:13).
3. So far in our series, we have explored what it means to have:
a. A wholly devoted mind.
b. A wholly devoted heart.
c. A wholly devoted tongue.
d. And wholly devoted eyes.
4. Today we want to explore what it means to have wholly devoted ears.
I. The Spiritual Importance of Our Ears
A. I’m guessing that you have never given much thought to the spiritual importance of your ears, right?
1. Most of us don’t spend too much time thinking about our ears at all.