It can be tempting to think that when Jesus was present, he filled up a room with his words; perhaps you know of someone who does just that. We can get the idea that Jesus showed up, and immediately he began to teach and preach as is recorded in the Gospels, with the Sermon on the Mount or some of his many parables. However, if you consider the number of words we actually have from Jesus and the number of years he actively ministered, it is likely that he listened far more than he spoke.
—Ben Ingebretson, Plant Like Jesus: The Church Planter’s Devotional (Upper Room Books, 2020)
How can you follow the example of Jesus and listen more? Join the conversation.
Faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.
—Romans 10:17 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Teach me, Lord Jesus, to listen as you did. Help me to be slow to speak, slow to judge, and quick to hear. Open my ears so that I can sense both the cry for help around me and your Spirit more clearly, that I might follow you more completely. I pray, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
—Ben Ingebretson, Plant Like Jesus
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We invite you to listen as Pat Luna, retreat leader for The Academy for Spiritual Formation at Camp Sumatanga, reflects on how she is finding—rather than creating—daily life with God. Take a moment to listen here.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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