Paul, through the book of Colossians, invites us to live the abundant life in Christ and tucked in the middle of chapter 3, he reminds us, “And be thankful.” Is it an afterthought or the key to living the full life? As we will highlight in this class, when we give thanks, we remember who God is, we rest, knowing that He is in control, we reflect on the big picture, and we recognize the countless blessings.
There is a difference between human nature and sinful nature. Through a better understanding of “flesh,” we can follow Christ’s example of how we can live according to human nature—with all of the emotions and human conditions He also faced—while avoiding our sinful nature. We are invited to live a human and holy life—not perfect, but set apart for a purpose.
We have been called to listen, but the listening does not stop with us. We are vessels to share the message. As Moses “came to see” at the burning bush, he was then called to do something with what he had heard. After we come and see, we must listen in order to speak and fulfill our role as a disciple to go and tell.
Throughout Scripture, as we listen to the cry of God’s heart, we hear His longing for us to listen and walk in His ways. Some did it well; others did not. There are blessings and promises when we inquire of the Lord, listen, and walk by faith.
In the beginning… starting with creation, we learn from the Master Listener that there is a difference between hearing and listening. Listening is relationship. And He invites us to listen through the still, small voice, the thin silence, the quiet whisper.