There are those who hear, those who know, and those who do.
Which one are you? Which is more important? Think and talk about it!
“If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them”
– John 13:17 (NKJV)
"WE WILL NOT JUST BE HEARERS BUT DOERS, IN THE NAME OF JESUS! AMEN!" *SAID WITH A STRONG AFRICAN ACCENT*
The quote above is said quite often! However, following Jesus requires a combinations of hearing, acknowledging, and doing. Before studying this topic, I thought that 'doing' was the most important aspect because loving God means obeying Him (John 14:23). However, I've come to learn something else.
Hearers, or people who hear, are people who listen, but to listen requires being: Focused, Attentive, and Present (F.A.P)!
Samuel is a great example of this – 1 Samuel 3:2-10
The bible describes Samuel as being super drowsy. He was falling asleep in the tabernacle/church of the Lord. I know right! How dare he; the nerves of him!
From this passage, we see that God calls Samuel three times. Samuel assumes Eli is calling him and fails to realize that God is calling him. Samuel wasn’t focused, attentive, and present. He was super drowsy!
But Eli was focused, attentive, and present so he told/taught Samuel how to answer the next time he hears the voice of the Lord. Truly, this was a learning moment for Samuel and those of us wondering how to answer His voice.
From this lesson, we learn the importance of being able to hear God's voice and being able to distinguish between God's voice and every other voice (e.g. family, friend, and even ourselves).
We, also, see the importance in being F.A.P because it help us to, distinctly, hear the voice of our Shepard. The bible says in John 10:27, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me”. But the first step is to hear and to hear requires us to F.A.P.
Food For Thought:
How many of us—like Samuel—are sitting down, talk less of lying down, and falling asleep while reading the Bible or a daily devotional? Eyelids closing down just as God is about to speak into our lives...
Knowers, or people who know, are the most annoying set of people haha (joking)! They are people who hear the voice of the Lord and either choose to disobey or have failed to truly Comprehend what is being said to them!
3 examples: Genesis 19:14 Lot, Jonah 1:1-3 Jonah, Numbers 20:7-12 'Moses'
Lot warned his sons-in-laws to leave Sodom & Gomorrah! These men heard! They were focuses, attentive, and present enough to hear, but they did not understand that Lot was being used as mouth piece to save their lives so they laughed like foolish goats! They failed to distinguish the joke from the truth and it cost them their lives in the end.
Jonah also heard! He heard precisely what Go wanted him to do. He knew it was God speaking yet he ran! He was in full disobedience to the will of God. So, God showed him what happens to people who say no when God has said yes! Jonah ended up doing God's will but he could've avoided being in the belly of a fish, if he had obeyed in the first place.
Moses is an interesting case because he had this close bond with God! He heard God's voice, yet he failed to follow instructions. In my opinion, Moses got caught up! If you read the story from verse 2, you'll see that the people were gathering against Moses. They quarreled and fought. As soon as Moses heard from God, he went back to the fussing people and showed them! POW! Water! Just like that, he missed it.
Food For Thought:
If knowledge is power, why aren't people doing better? A lot of us hear or know, but we aren't taking these things seriously or we're willfully disobeying God. It is important for us to know and have good understanding!
Doers, or people who do, are people who act with intention!
Here are a 3 examples: The Life of Jesus / John the Baptist / The Apostles
Jesus: He lived an intentional lifestyle. Every conversation He had, had the intent of drawing individuals closer to the father. He heard from His father, knew precisely what must be done, and acted accordingly.
John the Baptist: He could care less about what people thought of him as long as he was acting in accordance with God's will.
The Apostles: These are individuals who dropped everything to follow Jesus. They continued to give their all to carry on the mantle. They heard from Jesus, they knew what they had to do, and they did it!
We need all 3 concepts. To Hear, Know, and Do. We must hear from God; We must know and understand His will; We must make deliberate effort to do it! We stress so much on Doing-Doing-Doing but doers without direction fail to meet demands! Take Simon Peter, for example, in John 18:7-11. In this scripture, Simon Peter is illustrated as a doer but who gave him those instructions? No one spoke to him so what was he hearing? He knew that Jesus was going to be betrayed and that the prophecy needed to be fulfill so who asked him to draw his sword and to inflict harm on another individual? Jesus had to speak to him and remind him of why he was sent— in verse 11. We cannot afford to be doing/walking blindly—we need to hear from God, we need to know the plan, and we need to actually operate in the light of that plan.