What does Jesus want from me?
Jesus wants me to listen. Jesus wants me to be a good and faithful servant. This has been a constant problem for the people of God. The good news is the Jesus has given me the Holy Spirit to help me and guide me.
My mission is to do what Master Jesus wants me to do, today and every day. Listening involves doing. Loving my neighbor involves action.
To hear God’s voice I must belong to God. Jesus said, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27). Those who hear God’s voice are those who belong to Him — those who have been saved by His grace through faith in the Master Jesus. These are the sheep who hear and recognize His voice, because they know Him as their Shepherd. If I am to recognize God’s voice, I must belong to Him.
Then the Master came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for Your servant is listening.” | 1 Samuel 3:10
Jesus is clear
- Jesus says repeatedly: “He who has ears, let him hear”? Jesus wants me to listen up.
- Like the parables’ original audience, we must also “Listen up! Pay close attention!”
- Jesus’ simple request is that we use our God-given faculties (eyes to see, ears to hear) to tune in to His words (John 10:27 –28; Mark 4:24; Revelation 3:20).
- “For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open” (Mark 4:22).
- Seeking God’s truth takes energy and focus; it takes a willingness to be challenged and changed.
- While the way of God’s truth is not the most convenient or fun path to take, we can be assured that it is the best one (John 1:4; 10:9; 14:6).
- And so He bids us, “Come” (Matthew 11:28 –30).