What is the purpose of becoming a Christian? For some, the answer to that question may be, “It is so that we can go to Heaven when we die.” Going to Heaven is a wonderful benefit of embracing Christ, but the Bible clearly explains that we have a greater purpose. There is much to be done on the Earth and the only way to do that is to hear the voice of God and execute His will.
When we have so much going on in our lives, so many other voices to sort through, how can we be sure we are hearing God? It takes practice to hear God clearly. It is not always easy to determine if it is God speaking yet God wants us to learn to walk closely with Him, to hear His voice, and do His will. He can speak to us in many ways – by His Word, through circumstances, with a “still small voice,” in our conscience, or through other people.
One of the first prerequisites to hearing God clearly is to have a real desire to do His will. The second is to be listening! Listening to God is not done by natural methods, but through the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 2:9-10 (NIV) reveals this:
“However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him— these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.”
Maybe you think that God never speaks to you, but if you are a son or daughter of God, He is most assuredly speaking to you!
Romans 8:14 (HCSB) says:
“All those led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons.”
We have been adopted, we are God’s sons and daughters, not to live our own lives but to live by the Spirit. What is the number one responsibility of every child? It is to listen to their parents and obey! We must be careful to listen, regardless of what we think we need or what we simply just want.
God doesn’t make it easy to hear Him – on purpose. He usually chooses not to come to our level but urges us to come up higher; seeking Him, praying, and developing “Spiritual” ears to hear His voice. Often it may be like walking in a fog; we only get to see enough to take a few steps, but then we get to see ahead a bit more. And even then, we may not be 100% sure, but that is what it takes to learn to walk by faith!
As Christians, our lives have great purpose, and each of us has a calling on our lives to hear and know God’s will. In order to hear, we must desire to do the will of God for our lives, and be listening with the intent to obey. Thank God for His Spirit that enables us to hear His Voice! He is calling us up higher today!