Ears That Hear, Eyes That See – September 18, 2017

Today’s Scripture… “He that hath ears, let him hear what the Spirit saith…” — Revelation 2:7a

Thoughts for Today… I recently read an article about a Christian woman who was severely beaten by her ex-husband. In the article she told of how he had beaten her with the back of an axe. She was left deaf because of the physical abuse. But the thing that stood out to me about this sad story was a statement she made… “I may be DEAF but I CAN HEAR the word of God!”  That really blessed my heart.

In the same article was a story about another woman who was blind.  As she put it, “being physically blind since birth, I am anticipating that glorious day when I really shall see Jesus face to face”…when I really see Jesus face to face. Judging from that statement, she may be blind…but she can see Jesus!”

After reading their stories I couldn’t help but think about all of the people who are able to hear, but do not hear the Word of God. I think about all of those who have eyes that are in perfect working order, but do not see Jesus. The Pharisees stood right before the Son of God, but they never saw Him! There were many who listened to His sermons, but never heard Him! And you know what, sometimes we are so blind and deaf to the Word of God and the Spirit of God, that we fail to see Him and hear Him as well…

All across America we have folks in our churches today who are so focused on self that they spend all of their time grumbling and complaining about it’s too hot, or it’s too cold in the church. They complain about what kind of music we have in our worship service instead of being focused on Christ and longing to honor Him during the worship time.   They can hear a style of music they don’t like, but they can’t hear from Jesus. We have people in our churches today that are so resentful towards other people that they refuse to talk with them and actually give a quick glare and turn away when approached. Their eyes are open, but they can’t see the message of Christ of love and compassion and unity. I’m so ashamed when I see the condition of many of our churches today, when we are so focused on our wants and our needs and our plans and our agendas… and we don’t spend a bit of time considering what God wants. And I’m sick when I hear folks say “We want to grow our church, but we don’t want ‘those’ kinds of people in our midst.”  If God isn’t a respecter of persons, then who gave us the right to be?

It breaks my heart when we spend more time and energy in building a choir than in building the Kingdom, when we exhaust more resources in demanding our way than in truly yielding ourselves to what God wants even if it means we don’t get our way, when we are more concerned with winning back members who left mad than we are with winning folks who are dying and going to hell.

Something is wrong here.

I wonder…have we become so selfish and self-centered that we no longer hear and see Christ and what He wants.

What about you and I Friend?  Let’s hold the mirror up to our own faces today and ask God to examine our hearts. Are we listening to the Lord today?  Can we see Him and the work He is doing in and around us?

Can we see and hear enough to push aside our own wants and desires and surrender all for the cause of Christ?

Father in Heaven, give us the spiritual ears of the woman who can hear you, though deaf. Give us the spiritual eyes of the woman who can see you, though blind. And may You find us faithful to You and You alone when the trumpet sounds.

Have a “Wonderful DAY in Christ,”
Pastor Terry
Family Worship Center

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