Ever tried to wait for 2 minutes… just two minutes. It’s not easy, I know, because I just tried it: set the timer for 120 seconds, hit start, and waited. Patiently at first, then I got a little fidgety and was checking the timer til the end. It’s amazing how much your mind can wander in the span of a simple 2 minute where you’re not really doing much other than waiting. And that was only two minutes
Here’s why I bring that up: sermons around Trinity last for approximately 40 minutes… which is long by some standards but kind of normal for us. Over the last two weeks, as we’ve tackled a tough topic, I’ve preached for around 60 minutes both times. That’s two hours of listening on your part, “three sermons for the price of two!” Nobody I know thinks that’s normally a good deal (and we won’t be making it a regular practice), but I didn’t notice a church that was wriggling or checking at watches. Two hours of listening and I had trouble lasting for 2 minutes!
What encourages me about this is your eagerness to listen to what God is saying to our church. Written in the past and infallible to the end of time, God’s Word is active in the present tense moments of our lives and speaks to us each week by the work of His Spirit. What difference does that make? The difference I’m seeing at Trinity- a church that is hungry for what God intends to give us. It reminds me of James 1: “Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.” I’m eager to see how we can continue to not only hear God’s word (v 21 above) but also to continue to verse 22… “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.” Listening and responding when God speaks… that’s our call.
Eager to follow God with you,