Grow Deep - The Listen Edition
Week 1: May 12-18
Listening in Life at Home
“My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me.” John 10:27
Though my Mom left earthbound for heaven years ago, things she said to me over my lifetime still “pop” into my consciousness sometimes. I can see her in my mind’s eye, and I can still recall the sound of her voice. I love that her voice is registered in the pathways of my memory. I love that I can hear her when I think of her. Growing up, I often ignored the sound of her voice. But when I remember the sound of her voice now, I listen and savor the sweetness of those moments.
I have never heard God’s audible voice. Still, He speaks to me as clearly as my mother did. He speaks through His Spirit; He speaks through His Word. He speaks through His called servants and others. He speaks, but I have to ask myself if I am really listening. Can I hear Him through the cluttered noise of life? Am I attentive? Do I ponder His words? Do I treasure His instruction? Do I marvel at the sheer wonder of being known by Him? Do I sit quietly and allow the reality of His presence to surround me and sharpen my sensitivity to His voice? Or are my senses so dulled and my mind so distracted that I don’t even hear Him?
Jesus says in John 10:27: “My sheep hear My voice; I know them and they follow Me.” Sheep listen for their shepherd’s voice. They recognize it; they trust him; they follow him. Something happens when we listen to Jesus. We hear Him; we recognize the sound of His voice; we learn to trust Him; we grow to be more like Him; we follow wherever He leads. No longer are we just sheep … we are His sheep!
Listen! Jesus is speaking!
Sunday, May 12
Read: Ephesians 4:11-24
Paul admonishes us to grow up to be mature in faith and growing in Christ-likeness as we each do our part in the Body. When we hear the truth of Jesus, we are made new in Christ.
Reflect: How does “listening” impact maturing and growing in faith and Christ-likeness? How do we reflect the character of Jesus when we listen?
Monday, May 13
Read: John 10:27-30
The shepherd cares for, protects and saves his flock; the sheep know and listen for his voice. They follow him. We are to listen for and follow our Good Shepherd.
Reflect: How do these verses paint a word picture of a child-like faith? How do you intentionally listen for and follow the voice of Jesus in your daily life?
Tuesday, May 14
Read: John 6:60-71
Jesus has the words of eternal life. We are to listen to Him and believe!
Reflect: Many disciples rejected Jesus when His teaching was hard. How do you persevere in faith when things don’t turn out the way you expect or you suffer trials and challenges? How does “listening” to Jesus encourage you in your faith during those hard times?
Wednesday, May 15
Read: 1 Samuel 3:1-10
Samuel hears God calling him but does not recognize His voice. Eli instructs him to listen and respond.
Reflect: When have you failed to recognize God’s voice calling you? When Samuel answered God, he referred to himself as a servant. What is the significance of his responding in that way? Would you refer to yourself as a servant? Why or why not?
Thursday, May 16
Read: 2 Timothy 1:5; 3:14-15
Paul reminds Timothy to remember the things he learned as he listened to his mother and grandmother teach him God's Word and ways.
Reflect: Think of someone who has had an impact on your spiritual growth. Begin a digital conversation, have a phone conversation or a conversation face-to-face with that person. Talk together about the ways that you have each been affected by your spiritual relationship.
Friday, May 17
Read: Proverbs 1:1-9
Solomon shares the value of wisdom and encourages families in their relationships with one another: parents, to teach and train their children; children, to listen and learn.
Reflect: Within the context of verses 1-7, define the terms, “father’s instruction” and “mother’s teaching” in verse 8. How can you be more intentional about sharing God’s truth with your children, grandchildren and/or godchildren?
Saturday, May 18
Read: Revelation 7:9-17
Jesus, the Shepherd of His flock, gives living water (salvation) to those who have heard His message and believed.
Reflect: Is it possible to be “led” without listening to the person who is leading? Why or why not? How is God using you to lead someone to the “living water” found in Jesus?