By Rodney Holmstrom, National Director West, May 6, 2019
“And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “Say it, Teacher.”
Luke 7:40 (ESV)
Sometimes (too often) when my wife is trying to get my attention, I can be distracted with a sports game on TV, or something I am looking at on my phone. Even with my best attempts, I could not focus on what I was doing and listen to my wife at the same time. I have learned that I need to turn the TV off or put my phone down in order to hear what she is really trying to say to me.
Sometimes, I can be guilty of doing this with God too. He can try hard to speak to me as a loving Father, but I am so consumed with busyness and distractions that I never really hear what He is trying to say to me.
In this great story in Luke 7, we see a life lesson happening for the Pharisees that could change their life. I love Jesus’ directness as He pointedly states, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” He then goes on to give him a critical life lesson on what it means to love well. Check out the full story of the woman with the alabaster jar in Luke 7.
As I read it, while I was blessed by the story itself, I was even more struck with the reminder that sometimes I need to hit the pause button, or put something else down, to direct my full attention back to God. God never sends a message lacking wisdom and nuggets of hope.
How are you doing listening to your Divine Mentor? He has something to say to you today and every day that could change your life. Are you listening?
Let’s make this a “Say it Teacher” kind of week as we shift our priorities and attention to hear what He wants to teach us.