By: Elder David Leong
Fundamentally, to hear God’s Word is to choose, and keep on choosing, to keep walking in Jesus’ footsteps. It’s about radically altered priorities and values. It is about the transformation that begins with an encounter with Christ and continues under the guidance of the Spirit.
This is what Jesus demands of us, His disciples – the commitment of the entire or whole person to a life in constant relationship to God.
“He that hath My commandments and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me: and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him.
Jesus answered and said unto him, ‘If a man loves me, he will keep My Words and My Father would love him, and We will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not My sayings: and the word which he hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent Me.” [John 14:21, 23,24]
To really hear is therefore to choose to love and obey Christ, for this is the prerequisite for communion with God.
God gave us that freedom of choice. Would we choose (and keep on choosing) to love and obey Him, to keep walking in His footsteps despite ridicule and objections from others, to radically change and alter our priorities and values to Kingdom priorities and values – each day?
It’s totally counter-cultural, often seen as crazy by the world’s standards, painful at times, unpleasant and involves suffering of one sort or another and seen as a life wasted. BUT following Christ (in the sense of loving and obeying Him) and sticking on with Christ ‘through thick and thin’ is definitely worth it.