21 October 2015

Listen and Silent – Closing Thoughts – The Final Word

Greetings Dear Reader,

Using two ears and one mouth, listening with the heart, and speaking in love are all great things.  I think that the failure of the church to listen to the world has caused it to lose its right to be heard.  We do not seek to understand before we demand to be understood.  That is shameful and prideful.

As Christ followers we have something to say to the world.  We cannot be that voice for Christ if we do not earn the right to be heard.  We can only do that through listening.  The object is not for us to be heard.  It is for Christ to be heard. 

It is not our words that matter.  It is our hearing what the world needs.  It is responding with silent giving, grace, and goodness.  It is not Bible thumping to prove a point.  It is humbly living out the Gospel socially.  It is not chest pounding over our good deeds.  It is listening when the world sees us not being what we are supposed to be and taking corrective action.

We have no need to speak unnecessarily.   God provided the final word on all things.  It is my duty to live in such a way that people wish to hear that word.  I must be silent until they do. I must listen to their needs and act on them. 

The Final Word - Michael Card

You and me we use so very many clumsy words.
The noise of what we often say is not worth being heard.
When the Father's wisdom wanted to communicate His love,
He spoke it in one final perfect Word.

He spoke the incarnation, and then so was born a Son.
His final word was Jesus, He needed no other one.
Spoke flesh and blood so He could bleed and make a way Divine.
And so was born a baby who would die to make it mine.

And so the Father's fondest took on flesh and bone.
He spoke the living luminous word, at once His will was done.
And so the transformation that in man had been unheard,
Took place in God the Father as he spoke that final Word.

He spoke the incarnation, and then so was born a Son.
His final word was Jesus, He needed no other one.
Spoke flesh and blood so He could bleed and make a way Divine.
And so was born a baby who would die to make it mine.

And so the Light became alive and manna became Man.
Eternity stepped into time so we could understand.

He spoke the incarnation, and then so was born a Son.
His final word was Jesus, He needed no other one.
Spoke flesh and blood so He could bleed and make a way Divine.
And so was born a baby who would die to make it mine.

And so was born a baby who would die to make it mine.

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”

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