attention

Proverbs 8:34 :
Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors

Yesterday was Pentecost Sunday, a time when we remember the moment the Holy Spirit descended upon the faithful men and women in that upper room. It is a time when the church, that faithful body of Jesus, was commissioned to do the Fathers will through the enabling and power of the Holy Spirit. But what we see after that moment, all through the New Testament, is a people listening to the Holy Spirit. It is from this attentiveness that the works and miracles of the Father spring forth.

 

But in order for this to be the case those who sought the will of God needed to heed the words found in Proverbs 8:34… they needed to listen, to watch, to be always ready to discern what they are to do next for the Kingdom. One example is Philip being sent to what would be an encounter with the Ethiopian eunuch. Philip was just told to go, he wasn’t told why, or what would happen, but his attentiveness to the spirit led him to where he should be.

The world is changing, has changed, and I don’t think it will ever go back to what it once was – the question we as God’s people have to ask is this; are we brave and courageous enough to change with it. I believe God is calling the church, us His people, to be a new thing. Our communities, our families, our friends, our work colleagues will all be changed, the question is will we change to?

In order to do that we will need to pay very close attention to what God is saying to us. It will always start with us in deep prayer before God, it will be sharpened by us reading and knowing our scripture, it will be enabled by us using the gifts we have been given by God and it will be powered by the Holy Spirit… but it will almost certainly involve change. Our God is a dynamic God, and although he never changes where He is to be found at work is always an act of momentum. He is never still, always seeking, always reaching out and if we are to keep up we have to listen with an attentiveness that shows we are serious about wanting to know who, how, where and when he is calling us to next

We will need to be attentive if we are to be part of the journey that is to come!