For the last couple of hours, I’ve been searching online for something that I wrote. It would’ve been easier for me just to write it again, but I didn’t get that clue quick enough. Yet alas I got the point, “God wanted me to write it again!” So here it is: I’m to live with my ear against Jesus’ chest, so I can hear His very heart about my life. John the beloved displayed this position, and it’s where I want to live. Just imagine, to live listening to His voice in every moment of my life!
One of His disciples, whom Jesus loved (esteemed), was leaning against Jesus’ chest.
John 13:23 AMP
Live Listening Against His Chest
Yes, Jesus deeply yearns for us to live in continual relationship with Him. So close in fact, that it’s more like living while leaning upon His chest. He so longs for our ear to be close enough to hear His very heartbeat. In this stance we can live listening to His heart concerning every step of our lives.
If you have been reading this blog for any length of time, you might have noticed that my messages usually revolve around two basic themes. The first is that our life is for deep relationship with God. We’re designed for Garden intimacy above and beyond everything else, and this is available to every child of God. The second is that our life is to be lived by Jesus. We are designed to function from the Source of Another’s Life. “Christ’s life as my life is His life in my life, and that’s not my life as His life.” If Jesus’ own life is not the source of my life, I am just running in the flesh and not by faith. Nope, good intentions don’t equal a godly life. Only Christ Himself is godly. And both of these themes seem to be my life lessons, which I face over and over again and share on this blog.
Faith Comes By Hearing: Live Listening to His Voice
I was searching for this statement – “I’m to live with my ear against Jesus’ chest, so I can hear His very heart about my life” – because Martha mentioned it on a podcast we recently recorded. It impacted her deeply when she read it and it related to the topic we were discussing. And even though I couldn’t immediately find it, I did want to point to it.
In this podcast we discussed faith and how it comes by hearing (Romans 10:17). I found this amazing. The Word says that faith comes by listening to God. I always thought faith was to believe in the unbelievable. But what I’ve found is that this is not what the Bible says at all. Faith is having the conviction that what God says is true, even though we don’t see it. And the only way you come to this conviction is to live listening. Faith isn’t simply believing in what we want until it becomes a reality; it’s trusting that God’s reality is true even when we don’t see it.
I have to have the faith that He is speaking, that I can hear, and that He is leading me. His voice is my actuality not theory. Faith believes in His voice, His Word, and His reality. Faith comes from my hearing and listening to God. The closer I am to Him as Source, the easier it is for me to hear His heart. So if faith is the only thing that pleases Him, and faith comes by hearing, then I must live listening to His voice. I am His sheep, and I know His voice because He is my Shepherd.
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Romans 10:17 NKJV