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10/16/11 Are you listening to Christ?

Posted by Pastor Steve Siegrist on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 Under: Sermon

Text: Luke 10:38-42 (HCSB)

38 While they were traveling, He entered a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. 39 She had a sister named Mary, who also sat at the Lord’s feet and was listening to what He said. 40 But Martha was distracted by her many tasks, and she came up and asked, “Lord, don’t You care that my sister has left me to serve alone? So tell her to give me a hand.” 41 The Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has made the right choice, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with My righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 (HCSB)

Intro: Really!

Are you really listening to Christ and if you are, how is it going?

Application: Are you really listening to Him?

1. Listening to Him as our Teacher, we shall be instructed by Him.

She had a sister named Mary, who also sat at the Lord’s feet and was listening to what He said. Luke 10:39 (HCSB)

One was listening and the other was distracted! Which one are you? Are you listening to Christ: “Casting all your care upon Him, because He cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7 (HCSB)

Christ has so much He wants to teach us, but to be taught one must listen. We have a manual that allows us to read the instructions for success in this life!

2. Listening to Him as our Captain, we shall have victory through Him.

Fight the good fight for the faith; take hold of eternal life, to which you were called and have made a good confession before many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12 (HCSB)

Jesus is steering this ship and He does know where He is going and we won’t sink if we trust in this captain! In Timothy Paul uses the images from the athletic sphere “keep up the good fight for the faith”. There is also a metaphor that can imply either running or boxing or wrestling. To fight for “the faith” includes at least a struggle for the truth of the gospel, but it may also refer “in a broader way to the whole of his Christian life as a great contest requiring discipline and purpose.” The use of the present tense for “fight” suggests a continuous struggle. Regardless of how we interpret this scripture if we allow Jesus to be our Captain we will have victory thru Him! There is Victory in Jesus!

3. Listening to Him as our Guide, we shall be led safely by Him.

Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20 (HCSB)

Our Guide (Jesus) tells us if we listen! We are to Go! THEREFORE: Our Guide tells us our mission is obedience and an attitude of availability, a desire to worship, and live a believer’s life. “If you abide in My word,” Jesus said, “then you are truly disciples of Mine” A person who is not Christ’s true disciple does not belong to Him and is not saved. When a person genuinely confesses Christ as Lord and Savior, he is immediately saved, immediately made a disciple, and immediately filled with the Holy Spirit, and Jesus who is our guide will lead us safely in this journey. Are you listening?

4. Listening to Him as our Lover, we shall be jealous for Him.

“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” John 14:15 (HCSB)

Who is first? Who do you love the most? And if you really listen to what the scriptures tell us, if you love God first you will love everyone else. Obedience is a hallmark of genuine saving faith and love for God. Those who are truly saved, by grace alone, will invariably respond with a life of submission and service. Genuine Christians cannot help but outwardly reflect who they are on the inside, as a new creature in Christ we should be jealous for Him!

5. Listening to Him as our Lord, we shall render service to Him.

You call Me Teacher and Lord. This is well said, for I am. 14 So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example that you also should do just as I have done for you. John 13:13-15 (HCSB)

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.

To love like that requires above all else humility, for only humble people can put the interests of others ahead of their own. When we really listen to Christ we can deliver this kind of service to Christ!

6. Listening to Him as our Helper, we shall be upheld by Him.

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with My righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 (HCSB)

Even though Israel
was exiled because of sin and unbelief, she still was not rejected by God. Since the covenant the Lord made with Abraham was unconditional, his descendants need not fear. The Lord remains their God so He will continue to be with them and strengthen, help, and uphold them. This hasn’t changed for us today, if we listen to him He still protects and provides! So are you really listening?

7. Listening to Him as our Shepherd, we shall follow Him.

My sheep hear My voice, I know them, and they follow Me. John 10:27 (HCSB)

If Jesus is really your shepherd you will follow Him, you will respond to His teaching, you will hear his voice, you will be obedient, and you will love as only a new creature in Christ could. This is one of the clearest statements in the Bible that one who believes in Jesus for salvation will never be lost and the gift is eternal life. No one can ever snatch out of the shepherd hands His sheep. This security should help us to clear our thinking and really listen to Him! Are you listening to Him?

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