Jesus went to his disciples and asked them what people where saying about Him. They began to give Him a long list of things people where saying. It was then that Jesus turned to them and asked a question: “But what about you? Who do you say that I am?” Matthew 16:15
Jesus listened to people, but he had an unique ability to see beyond what they said. In the midst of all the voices and noise that surround us, when we receive conflicting messages from what we know about God and what people say, do we listen to what others are saying or do we stake hold to what we know about God?
Peter held to what he knew about God:
16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.
From this moment Peter’s life was never the same. He became one of the greatest leaders of the early church and left his mark here on earth and the kingdom of God forever.
If we are going to accomplish great thing here on earth and for His kingdom, we’ve got to stop placing so much weight in all the things people are saying.
Do we listen to what people say about God or do we listen to what He says about Himself?
Do we listen to what people say about a mans limitations or do we realize that limitations is not even in God’s vocabulary? God is not limited by our inabilities. He trumps them.
Do we listen to what people are saying about our dreams or to we realize that God gave them to us and he will help our dreams become a reality.
Do you listen to people or do you listen to God?
Answer carefully. Your response to that question will determine how much your life will impact the earth and the Kingdom of God.