Preacher: Gordon Hay
Verses: 1 Samuel 3:1-10 and John 1:43-51
I have spent my working life in the practice of law. And much of this has been in litigation. The art of advocacy is to present the facts and the argument in such a way that the Judge will not only hear the words spoken, but will understand them and make a decision based on your argument.
You want the Judge not only to hear you, but also to listen to you.
If our hearing is not impaired, “hearing” is something which happens to us as a natural process when someone speaks.
“Listening” is something we need to do consciously – we need not only to hear, but to take in, consider and respond.
I know that sometimes when I am watching sport and Sue calls me to help in the kitchen I don’t “hear” immediately – meaning I hear but I don’t listen.
I am sure as children there were times when you heard your parents calling you to stop playing and to come in to bath. But did you listen? That was another question!