Listening Leadership #likeJesus

If God were to speak audibly to me, what might He say?

In the Gospels, we see angels sent as messengers, speaking on behalf of God.  But how often do we actually see the Father speaking audibly?

At Jesus’ baptism, the Father spoke.  “This is my Son, whom I love.  With Him I am well pleased!”  We know that at least John the Baptist and Jesus heard this.

The only other time I can think of the Father speaking audibly to the disciples is at the Transfiguration.  On this occasion, He spoke to Peter, James and John.

“This is my Son, whom I have chosen.  Listen to Him!”

Three simple words.

Listen. To. Him.

The Father could have said anything.  He said “listen!”   Listening is a forgotten skill.  Listening to Jesus… that might be a skill we’ve yet to learn.

Be still.  Be quiet.  Meditate.  Shut the world out, and lock in to His voice.

Jesus said He is the Good Shepherd, that He knows His sheep, and His sheep recognize His voice.

The only way you learn to recognize someone’s voice is to spend a lot of time with them, to spend a lot of time listening to them.

Do I spend enough time with Jesus that I recognize His voice?

And when He speaks, am I listening to Him?

Or do I listen to Jesus like I listen to so many other people?  Half listening, half thinking about what I want to say.  Jumping to conclusions about what I think they’ll say and tuning them out.  Only hearing what I want to hear and filtering everything else out.

I can be a bad listener.  I’ve never heard it this way, but I know it’s true, otherwise the Father wouldn’t have said it to Peter, James and John.

Leaders are listeners.

A leader who can’t listen forfeits their right to lead.  This is never more true than is spiritual leadership.

Leaders listen first to Jesus, their Leader.  Then they listen to those they lead, because we can’t love if we don’t listen.

“This is my Son, whom I have chosen.  Listen to Him!”

Yes, Father, yes!  That is the cry of my heart!


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