Do you consider yourself to be a conscientious person? In Hebrews 13:7, we’re told to attentively observe our leaders and imitate their faith. God wants each of us to pay special attention to all of those around us looking for ways we can stimulate and motivate others to demonstrate love with helpful actions, (Hebrews 10:24 – AMP).
None of us will just roll out of bed in the morning knowing how to do this. Solomon in Proverbs 2:2 states, the wise man makes his ear attentive to skillful and godly wisdom by inclining and directing the heart and mind and applying all your powers to the quest for it. (AMP) Attentiveness involves the whole person.
I love how in Luke 5, after Jesus healed the lame man, in verse 27 scripture tells us He looked ATTENTIVELY at a tax collector and then called him to become one of His disciples. Tax collectors in those days were swindlers and cheats. One can only imagine the extent of His power of discernment, being able to pick out a man such as this to become one of His devoted students.
Charles Brent once said, “When we fail to hear His voice, it is not because He is not speaking so much as that we are not listening. We must recognize that all things are in God and that God is in all things. And we must learn to be very attentive, in order to hear God speaking in His ordinary tone without any special accent.”
One of my favorite scriptures is 1 Peter 3:12. It states that if we’re in right standing with God, He promises that the Lord’s eyes are upon us and His ears are attentive to our prayers. The same attentiveness we’re called to exercise toward others pales in comparison to that which The Lord gives to us as we stay in a right relationship with Him.
Why not make it your aim to pay special attention today to the things you hear and don’t hear? Then pray for His power to help you follow through. Have a great weekend!