The opening chapters of the Book of Revelation contain a series of seven messages Jesus had for seven churches of that day. Each message ends with the phrase, He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches (Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 28; 3:6, 13, 22). This phrase means simply that God has spoken and His people will obey. That willful obedience is a sign of our friendship and love for Him (John 15:10-15).
If God spoke to you, how would you reply? Would you act or would you ignore Him? He speaks to you through the Bible. How you respond reveals the condition of your heart.
After my sermon one Sunday, a man came to me and said, “God spoke to me through your sermon today, but I’m not going to change. If I’m wrong, then so be it.”
Surprised by the man’s hardhearted rebellion I replied, “God will have your obedience, even if He has to treat you as He did Jonah and take away the idols you raise in His place.”
The boy Samuel didn’t know the God of Israel, yet when He spoke, Samuel’s answer was very simple: Speak, for Your servant hears with a view to obedience (1 Samuel 3:10, literal translation).
A servant hears and obeys; a rebel lives for his own cause.
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