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           From 1934 to 1969 the voice of Brother V.E. Howard was heard on the radio as he preached the gospel of Christ. Brother Howard was known for using the question; “Are you listening?” People were made to wonder why if a lesson went by without hearing the question at least one time. I felt that the question was appropriate in bringing the attention of listeners back to the lesson. It is important that Christians listen to the will of God so that we are able to discern the spirit, whether it is of God or man. Paul wrote, “For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Hebrews 4:13-14).

 

            In 1937 Virgil O. Stamps wrote the song “I’ll Be List’ning.”  He stated, “When the Savior calls I will answer, When He calls for me I will hear; When the Savior calls I will answer, I’ll be somewhere list’ning for my name.” The inspired writings tell us that Jesus calls all men to obey the Father’s will (Matthew 7:21-23). Jesus stated, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me” (John 12:32). In the gospel of Matthew we are told, “Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

 

            Virgil wrote, “If my heart is right when He calls me, If my heart is right I will hear; If my heart is right when He calls me, I’ll be somewhere list’ning for my name.” In this life Christians are to listen when God speaks. Jesus, through the inspired word, calls man to give his life to God: Paul wrote, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:1-2). When one’s heart is right with God he will listen and gladly comply with His will (James 1:22-25).

 

            In the song Virgil wrote, “If my robe is white when He calls me, If my robe is white I will hear; If my robe is white when He calls me, I’ll be somewhere list’ning for my name.” The cleansing of the soul is done on the individual basis. No one can answer the call of Christ for you and you must not allow anyone to prevent you from obeying the gospel of Christ. The Bible proclaims individual responsibility as well as reward. Israel was told, “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey His voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto Him: for He is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them” (Deuteronomy 30:19-20). We have that same choice to make! Our eternity will be determined by the choice we make (II Corinthians 5:10).

 

            “Are you listening” to the Lord when He calls? Have you answered the gospel call and been baptized into Christ (Mark 16:15-16)? Have you been buried with Christ and raised to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:3-12)? Has your robe been made white through the cleansing power of the Lord? Are you growing to maturity as babes, in Christ, should (I Peter 2:2; II Peter 3:18)?

 

            As a Christian do you listen to the call of the Lord to worship? The Hebrew letter tells us that it is sinful to forsake the assembling of the saints (Hebrews 10:22-31). Some conclude that this applies only to one service a week. “Are you list’ning” when Jesus calls, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof” (Matthew 6:33-34). Are you list’ning” when Jesus calls you to minister to the needs of others. He, through inspired writings stated: “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world” (James 1:27). “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10). James wrote that it is not enough to wish others well and not fulfill their need (James 2:13-16). He then stated, “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone” (James 2:17).

 

            Is your heart “right” with God or are you simply satisfying your need for faith? Remember the words recorded by Isaiah “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord” (Isaiah 55:8). Ezekiel recorded, “Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not My way equal? are not your ways unequal? (Ezekiel 18:25).

 

            What choices are you making? “Are you listening” and have you prepared to be with God in eternity?

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