Do you ever find yourself in the middle of a conversation, where you have no idea what the person has been talking about? You’ve drifted off, distracted by thoughts about tomorrow, and they’re looking expectantly at you. Did they ask a question? What was it?
You just nod your head and say ‘yes’ – and then seeing the surprise in their face change quickly to a ‘no, no, of course not’. They smile and go on. Relief. You got away with that one.
In Luke chapter 8, Jesus challenges us to listen and respond to the Word of God. Though Satan wants to steal the Word away from us, though there will be challenges, though there will be distractions, this is absolutely vital. As you come to Church, pray that you and others will be able to Listen well to the Word of God. As you go about your day, schedule in a moment to read God’s Word, look for a moment to encourage others in responding rightly to the Word of God.
On the last day, when Christ returns, he will be looking at you expectantly. He will be asking you a very searching question: did you hear and respond to me? And you cannot bluff God.