Let’s think together about looking, listening and learning - looking to the Lord, listening to Him and learning from Him..
When we look to the Lord, what do we see? - We see love. We see Jesus, crucified for us. We know that God loves us.
we listen to the Lord, what do we hear? We hear the voice of His love.
From the Cross, we hear Jesus praying, "Father, forgive them ... " (Luke
23:34). We know that God loves us.
When we learn from the Lord, what
do we learn? - We learn of His love. At the Cross of Christ, we learn
that God's love is the best love. We learn that there is no love like
the love of Jesus.
* How do we know that God loves us?
Without Jesus, we were lost. With Jesus, we are found.
- It's going round in circles. Life feels like a wild goose chase.
You're trying to get somewhere - but you're going nowhere! You're trying
to find your way home and you keep on ending up somewhere else. Every
way you turn – it’s a dead-end street!
There’s no way to heaven which
begins with the word ‘I’. We must begin with God: ‘God so loved the
world...’ (John 3:16). No sinner can open the door of heaven: ‘Christ
only could unlock the gate of heaven, and let us in’.
Found – It’s
never, “I found Jesus.” It’s always, “Jesus found me.” Do you sometimes
feel like you’re a hopeless case? You keep on getting it wrong. You keep
on losing your way. You try hard – but it doesn’t work! Failure,
failure, failure … Is there a way out of the vicious circle that keeps
on ending in failure? Is there another way – forgiveness, forgiveness,
forgiveness? Where does forgiveness come from? – It comes from Jesus:
“Father, forgive them...” We can’t escape failure – but we can receive
forgiveness! Do we achieve forgiveness? Is it something that we do for
ourselves? No – it’s not! Forgiveness is God’s gift. Jesus comes to us.
We look to Him. We listen to Him. We learn from Him. We say, “I once was
lost, but now am found.”
* Why – on earth – does God keep on loving us?
earth” – What does this mean? It means that we’re comparing God with
other people – “Anybody else would have given up on me a long time ago.”
God isn’t just “anybody else”! He’s “the everlasting God” (Isaiah
40:28) – and He loves us with “an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3). He
doesn’t give up on us. He keeps on loving us. He doesn’t say, “You’re
just a hopeless waste of My time.” He gives us much more than just a few
minutes of His time. He gives to us “eternal life” (John 10:28).
Sometimes, we may think, “God’s love is too good to be true.” Let’s turn
that around – God’s love is true. That’s why it’s so good. Go to the
Cross of Christ. Look to Jesus. Listen to Him. Learn from Him. What do
you see? What do you hear? What do you learn? – God isn’t all set to
stop loving you the moment you step out of line. Christ suffered for us.
He died for us. This is what we need to hear when we step out of line.
This is God’s way of saying, “I’m not going to stop loving you.” He also
says to us, “What about you? Are you going to keep on loving Me?”
* How does God show us that He loves us?
- “Who put the lights out? – If you had looked where you were going,
you wouldn’t have walked into the door!!” If you’re not looking, you
won’t see where you’re going. If we don’t keep our eyes on Jesus, the
lights will go out – and we’ll run into one problem after another!
Looking to Jesus – Does this mean that we won’t have any more problems?
No! It doesn’t mean that at all. It means that, when the problems come,
we won’t be stumbling around in the darkness. We’ll be walking in the
light with Jesus. We’ll be walking in the light of His love. When the
hard times come, we’ll be ready for them. We’ll face our problems – and
we’ll say, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases” (Lamentations
Listen – “I didn’t catch that. That’s because you weren’t
listening!” God has something to say to us. He asks us, “Are you
listening?” Jesus is God’s “Word” (John 1:1,14). When we listen to
Jesus, we’re listening to God’s Word. We hear plenty of bad news.
Sometimes, it seems like there’s nothing but bad news. Do you want to
hear Good News? Listen to Jesus. He speaks to us of love, the greatest
love of all – the love of God. Without His love, we have no hope for the
future. Without His love, nothing makes sense. We feel like we’re
wandering around – with no idea where we’re going. It’s His love that
makes the difference. It’s His love that changes everything. Whenever
you feel that you’re starting to drift away from the Lord, remember this
– Jesus has “the words of eternal life” (John 6:66-69). Start listening
to His “words of eternal life.” Let His love reach you. Let His love
Learn – “It’s a long time since I was at school – You
can’t teach an old dog new tricks!” Who said we stop learning when we
stop going to school? Don’t ever say, “I’m too old”! The Bible is full
of great examples of lifelong learning. Abraham was 75 when God said to
him, “Go to the land I will show you” (Genesis 12:1-4). Caleb was 85
when he spoke great words of faith to God’s people (Joshua 14:10-12).
Anna was 84 – and she was still worshipping the Lord and speaking words
of encouragement (Luke 2:36-38). Lifelong learning is not about getting
university degrees. It’s about keeping on learning how much God loves
you. It’s about learning to love the Lord more and more each day. Have
you learned life’s most important lessons? It’s never too late to learn.
Look to the Lord, listen to Him – and you will learn from Him.
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