An earlier post already addressed how we need to start by listening to God. It looked at the analogy of the Lord as the Shepherd and us as the sheep for why it only makes sense we listen to Him first, above all other voices.
If we look at the Great Commission, we find that it not only makes sense but is required if we’re to join Him in His mission.
Start by Listening to the Lord Jesus Because He has All the Authority
Jesus begins with “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples …” (Matt. 28:18) Why wouldn’t we listen first and foremost to the One with all authority? After all, it’s His purposes and mission we embark on. As the Head of the Church (Eph. 1:22), He’s the one we should listen to both in hearing and doing what He says.
Start by Listening to the Lord Jesus Because He’s Always Present, Available, and Able
After telling us to go and make disciples, Jesus concludes with, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matt. 28:20). Think of all the implications of His constant presence. He’s always available, unlike other sources. Why wouldn’t we listen to the One who sees and knows everything we’re doing? And, He sees beyond our little corner of the world and moment in time to the big picture, unlike other sources, so He always knows the best course of action. And, with His presence, comes His power. He’s not only always available but also able to empower us to do what He says.
Question for Church Leaders:
Does this mean we shouldn’t listen to and learn from other sources about how to disciple and function as a Church?
We find too many Scripture alluding to the role of the Body and our need for input that we can’t say we should never attend seminars, read books, or consult with other leaders. But, before simply doing what we’ve heard from other sources, we need to run it through the grid of God’s Word and pray over it, waiting for His guidance. If we truly believe all authority and power are His, we need to let Him have final say. We need to listen to what He has to say and then do it.