advent | day nineteen.

19 days of #samjyogaadvent, guys. What?! Okay.

So I want to keep it short and sweet and to the point today because today’s theme is LISTEN.

One of the things I love about Jesus is His ability to make a point by telling a story. Parables, right? They communicate clear lessons while still allowing us to make our own decisions about how these lessons apply to each of our lives.

But other times… other times He said stuff, and it just was exactly what He said.

I heard a message preached about this exactly a few years ago. Pastor presented the story of Jesus telling the disciples that they were going to head over to the other side of the lake they were on. In Luke 8, we read:

One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. (v.22 NIV)

Pastor had a good sense of humor and claimed he looked this up in the Hebrew. He said something to the effect of: in the Hebrew, when Jesus says ‘let’s go over to the other side,’ it directly translates to ‘let’s go over to the other side.’

Sometimes, Jesus taught in parables, but sometimes, He gave great direction that was pretty straightforward.

He meant what He said and He said what He meant. Simple as that.

No hidden message. No cryptic meaning. Just direction.

Which leads me to the scripture I chose for today – that I admit, convicted the hell out of me – about listening to the word of God/reading the Bible, and what we’re supposed to do with that:

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. (James 1:22 NIV)

Listen, but also do. To read or listen is not enough. A response of some kind of obedience is required.

So I’m just going to leave it right there on the table and we can all decide what that means for each of us.

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