You have seen many things, but you do not observe them; your ears are open, but none hears. – Isaiah 42:20
For the last few years Cindy has been telling me that I have a hearing problem. It seems that I only hear what I want to hear!
God said the same thing about the people of Israel, that they were not only deaf by choice, but also blind. Their eyes and ears were physically open, but not to the word of God.
It seems that a lot of church-attenders are suffering the same malady. They are blind and deaf by choice. They see a lot of things (billions without access to the Gospel, a rising tide of human need, God at work among the nations) and they even hear His Word (many Sundays in padded seats), but nothing really seems to change. We give less, go less, and ultimately do less. If God has given us good spiritual eyes and ears, then why do we find it so difficult to see or hear His command to take His gospel to those who have never heard it?
Hearts that have not been fully surrendered will never break for a world without Christ.
I always believed in God and Christ, but I was in rebellion – trying to make my relationship with God fit into my life instead of making my life fit in with Him. I was stubborn. – Scott Stapp (Creed)
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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