How good of a listener am I. That is a really good question. I try to read a lot scripture everyday because I need it and because I am always asking the question God what do you want from me. God speaks but am I listening.
Believers tend to come at God with all of what they can do and offer even the poorest of believers. (Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”). We want God to take notice of us with extravagant acts of religious devotion. we say we are doing it out of love for God. But are we really. Are we listening to what God says he wants from us or are we trying to get the spotlight on how special we are by calling attention to ourselves.
This is what God says he wants are we ready to listen?
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
- Treat others better than you treat yourselves and see every person even the worst sinner and heathen as a child of God.
- Love being a kind person just for the sake of being kind. Not so others can see and praise you for your kindness but simply loving to count others more important than yourself.
- Don’t just be humble but live a life of humility. The only way we can do that is to listen to what God says from His word and strive to exalt God above ourselves in every moment, decision, and action we take throughout the day.