LISTEN FOR YOURSELF FIRST
Then he added, “Son of man, let all my words sink deep into your own heart first. Listen to them carefully for yourself (Ezekiel 3:10 New Living Translation).
Over the years I’ve heard sermons and studied the Scriptures while thinking to myself, “so and so really should read this” or “this is meant for so and so”. I’m sure at times this is something we’ve all done. It’s not a bad thing because God may want us to share these words with the other person in some way; however, we should always examine ourselves by the light of that very same word first. It should penetrate and illuminate our hearts before we release it.
It can be very easy to take Scriptural truths and see where they illuminate situations or a problem in others lives, but sometimes we forget to apply this truth to ourselves. It’s always easy to see the specks in our brother or sister’s eye and fail to see the plank hindering our own vision. By letting God’s word sink deep into our own hearts first and listening to them carefully for ourselves, we have a light by which to see what hinders our sight and we have the way to correct our vision.
Let’s Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your word. Thank You for the light it brings to our hearts and for the truth that it shines there. Thank You for giving us something by which to examine ourselves with, and we pray that we take Your word and apply it to our lives. May we not only be hearers of Your word, but be doers as well. Father, we love You and seek to please You, may we not release words until we have carefully listened to them for ourselves first. We give You all glory and honor, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Today’s Attitude of Worship: We must be willing to give ourselves a heart check before we open our mouths. When hearing a word that brings to mind someone else, we should be asking the Holy Spirit, where, if applicable, that word fits into our life.
Additional Scriptures: Matthew 7:3-5; Ezekiel 3:10-11; James 1:22-25