Two Types Of Listeners – Monday, January 28th, 2019

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Recently I lined up our young gymnasts to give them instructions. They listened as I explained the drills and the order in which they were to be done. Most of the girls heard and fol- lowed the directions. However, one athlete moved randomly about doing her own thing. She failed to listen well. As a result, she was in the way of the others, causing a few of her team- mates to stumble, and she almost hurt herself. It took only a few moments to recognize that a bad listener destroys order.

Easy lesson here: God created a world of perfect order for Adam and before him set the instructions for maintaining it.

Unfortunately, Adam was a bad listener. He failed to follow God’s instructions, so God’s created order was destroyed.

Desiring to restore order, God sent Jesus Christ into the chaos of this fallen creation. He was a good listener. He was so attuned to God that He spoke only what He heard His Father say “I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me” (John 8:28). By listening to the Father, the Son was perfectly obedient to the Father. And through the Son’s obedience, He reconciled the world to the Father.

We have two choices. We, like Adam, can continue, to run through this world without listening to the Word of God. Or we can by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit listen to God and live as His obedient children.


Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.

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