Listening, truly listening, doesn’t come naturally to many church leaders. Yet, as we’ve noted in previous posts, listening is essential to fulfilling our church purpose, living within God’s design for Body Life, and being Christ-like.
If listening doesn’t come naturally, how about supernaturally?
When we read that “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness” (2 Pet. 1:3), surely “everything” includes the listening skills a leader critically needs.
Such supernatural power is available ….
“through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness” (1 Pet. 1:3)
As we grow in our walk with God, getting to know Him better and better, we find a God attentive to our prayers (1 Pet. 3:12), a God who truly loves us and listens to us. The more time we spend with Him and experience His ways, the more we become more like Him — which means we will love people enough to listen to them. We will become more attentive to them than focused on ourselves.
The more we get to know Him, the more we believe what He says to be true. We rely on His promises because He’s a good and faithful God. And, “He has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires” (1 Pet. 1:4).
Consequently, leaders, let’s not get so busy we neglect our own spiritual growth. We too need to consistently and constantly “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Pet. 3:18). As we do, we’ll find that His divine power does indeed give us everything we need, including the power to become a better listener.
Also read: God’s Power for the Church