Friday, April 12
Hebrews 13:7-8 “Appreciate your pastoral leaders who gave you the Word of God. Take a good look at the way they live, and let their faithfulness instruct you, as well as their truthfulness.” (MSG)
Are you listening?
Have you ever tried to teach someone to do something, then realized every word you said went in one ear and out the other? It’s frustrating because you took the time to help them and they didn’t care to listen. Certain people are seemingly okay with repeating the same mistakes and lack the willingness to listen and learn from others. And, because they refuse to accept wise counsel, they miss out on experiencing God’s best for their lives.
Undoubtedly, God has placed seasoned believers around you for guidance. Maybe it’s your pastor, a church leader or a friend who encourages you in your relationship with Christ by sharing all he has done in their life. Whoever it may be, lean in and listen to what they have to say!
Any influencer who doesn’t tell you what you want to hear, but what you need to hear is invaluable and needs to be appreciated. Thank them regularly for all the time they have taken to help you. Because, without them, you wouldn’t be where you are today!
Over the next week, commit to praying for a different pastor or church leader. Ask God to continue blessing others through their leadership and to increase your own willingness to follow their advice.
God, thank you for blessing me with wise counsel to help me pursue your best for my life. When I become isolated by self-reliance push me to step outside of my comfort zone and ask for their help. I know you will bless their leadership because of their willingness and desire to point others toward you! In Jesus’ name, Amen.