“Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you ear. Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, and what they look like.”
I suppose in some ways we are all guilty of hearing and not acting upon what we hear. For the temporal things in our lives it could mean a missed appointment, or opportunity. A relationship strained, or even broken. An accident, an investment, a health issue! But when it applies to the Word of God being active in our lives this becomes a completely different matter. Lives hang in the balance of eternity. When an air plane is about to take off, there is a recording of the number of souls onboard. When a submarine is lost at sea the crew are numbered in souls on board. This number of souls are impacted by those who are to be not just listeners of the information for the flight or the mission but those who act upon that information. We are not just listeners of the Word of life but we are also to take action based upon that Word which will impact every souls under our influence. We too are on a mission and by not forgetting who we are, the application of what we hear will become transformation for those with whom we inter-act. Being a doer will exhibit the depth of what we retain when we listen with spiritual ears.