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Hearing introduces people to Jesus.
My first recollection of Jesus came from my mother. She would read Bible stories to us at bedtime. Listening to Biblical tales helped me know Jesus. As we grew older and attended church, I learned more about Jesus, listening to the pastor and Sunday school teachers. Now, I engage in Bible studies that help me know even more about Jesus. Listening to God’s word and His people will lead you to Jesus.
Recently, I finished a Bible study on Revelation. At the beginning of that book, God makes a promise:
“Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.” (Revelation 1:3 ESV)
Listening to God’s word impacts your life. My friend and I, who completed the study, read aloud the entire book. We studied a chapter a session, each reading half of it aloud. Something happens when you read God’s word aloud. The peace that transcends all understanding leads the way as God reveals truths about our lives through His word.
Listening deepens faith.
Engaging in conversations with fellow believers about how Christ is working in their lives will grow your faith.
One of my young friends battled a rare intestinal disease. Only 15 when the fight began, we had many times we thought the Lord was taking her home. Her faith in Jesus led the way in the battle. In her darkest moments, she talked about how Jesus kept her going. Whether through a person, or a spiritual experience, Jesus helped her persevere. Today, I call her a walking miracle. Because of her, my faith in Christ increased.
Listen to people talk about Jesus. Share what God is doing in your life with others. Hearing the Good News draws people to Jesus. Talk Him up today.
Lord, thank You for Jesus. Thank You for the people in our lives who talk about Jesus with us. Forgive us for not sharing with others what Jesus does for us. Help us today talk up Jesus. Let others know Him because of what we say. All the glory is Yours. IJNIP. Amen
Question for reflection
How can you talk about Jesus today?