La, la, la – I’m Not Listening!

Sometimes you just don’t want to hear it.

It’s not that you can’t hear it. It’s just that you don’t know if you want to hear it.

So you plug your eyes and sing a little tune to keep from hearing it. It’s as if deep down you know that there’s something coming of which you don’t want to be a part.

It’s called responsibility.

When I get new information, I’m thrilled with the new insights and perspectives that come. I can view my life and the world around me in new and different ways.

But sooner or later the newness sets in under the weight of responsibility.

Then comes the opportunity to choose.

  • Ignore what I’ve learned and keep living as I had before.
  • Implement the change that I’ve heard.

As I have chosen to live my life according to the Word of God, I have already been given a principle that will guide my choice.

“Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins” (James 4:17, NIV).

Once I’ve heard the truth, do ignore it is sin. In fact, it would be hard to say it’s anything other than willful sin. I’d have to choose to ignore what I’ve hard. I’d choose to sin.

Or I can hear the truth and be moved to change. I can seek more guidance from God’s Word, pray for direction from the Holy Spirit, and ask godly brothers and sisters for help and accountability.

How can I hear what it means to love my wife as Christ loved the church and do anything other?

How can I learn of my responsibility to leave a legacy of faith in Christ for my children and choose not to engage them in spiritual conversation?

How can I understand God’s command to tend the earth and scoff at anyone who does?

If my life is guided by Scripture, I can’t do anything other than respond in faithful obedience. 

On the other hand, there is always another option.

And it’s one that many of us choose to take.

It will lessen weight of responsibility.

Are you interested?

Here you go.

“La-la-la.”

We can plug our ears and not listen.

We can close our eyes to the world around us and not care.

We can put other people down for their efforts at obedience and feel better about ourselves.

It’s an option.

But, I’ve thought about this option from God’s perspective.

  • What if God had an opportunity to see our needs and He turned away?
  • What if we started praying and God covered His ears?
  • What if God determined that He just didn’t want the responsibility?

It’s not like God.

And it’s not like His children.

But He leaves the choice with us.

So, I can choose to believe that “ignorance is bliss” and give my family and the watching world the idea that my Father believes the same.

OR

I can choose to live life with eyes wide open, ears tuned in, and a heart motivated to take personal responsibility to love God and love others.

I choose to listen.

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What are some areas that God has allowed you to see and hear that you have determined to take responsibility for encouraging change? 

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