Sir Ranulph Fiennes, famous for his many expeditions, including the first polar circumnavigation of the earth, was asked what is the most important lesson life has taught him. He replied, “To listen a lot more than talking. God gave us one tongue and two ears.” This is something worth remembering. If we listen twice as much as we talk, we will learn a lot more.
Jesus said that not everyone who claims to prophesy, drive out demons and perform many miracles in his name would enter the kingdom of heaven, but only those who do the will of his Father who is in heaven (Matthew 7:21). Jesus was making the point that we can sometimes appear to be doing the will of God, when we are actually doing what we want and not what God wants, because we are not consulting God or listening to Him.
Instead of getting caught up with doing what we want to do for God, or what we consider He would want us to do, we should make time, each day, to sincerely ask God to help us do His will, then patiently wait and listen for a response to our prayer.
Someone commented that doing Christian work without humility and trust in God can be egotism. We agreed that we have never actually heard a voice telling us what to do, so we can never be sure we are doing God’s will and not our own will. However, if we sincerely ask for God’s help to do His will, then try to follow our instincts and feelings, at least we’re not thoughtlessly acting on a whim.
We meet in St Helen’s Church starting at 1.30 with tea and biscuits, finishing at 3pm.
Future meetings are:
22/2 Prejudice (John 13:35)
1/3 St David’s Day
15/3 Seek and You Will Find (Matt 7:7)
22/3 Rejection (Isaiah 53)
Meetings each Thursday at 1.30 pm in St. Helen’s Parish Centre.