God’s call to a life of obedience is clear throughout the Bible. The Holy Spirit is given for obedience. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And...
The seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop… Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Luke 8:15, 18 (NIV)
Here are two practical things that will help make your time sitting under the preaching of God’s Word more productive.
Bring your own Bible to church
Do not bring just any old Bible. Don’t bring the smallest Bible you can find. Bring your Bible. Have one Bible that you get to know and use at church. It will help you to discover what’s in your Bible.
Bring a pen and a paper to church
Write down what the Holy Spirit is teaching you. When you go to an important meeting with your boss, you take a pen and paper. Why? Because you know that there will be things you need to follow through on. You don’t want to mess up.
If that’s your disposition when you are listening to the words of a man or woman to whom you are accountable, how much more should that be your disposition when you are listening to the Word of God?
What steps could you take this week to make your time listening to the Word of God preached more productive?