We all easily use the excuse of being too busy and ‘time poor’ to be good Christian sisters and brothers to each other.
In Life Together, (our Book of the Term end of last year) Bonhoeffer has a very helpful chapter on ministry. One of the ministries he talks about is the Ministry of Listening. He writes:
“Just as love to God begins with listening to His Word, so the beginning of love for the brethren is learning to listen to them. It is God’s love for us that He not only gives us His Word but also lends us His ear. So it is His work that we do for our brother when we learn to listen to him…Brotherly pastoral care is essentially distinguished from preaching by the fact that, added to the task of speaking the Word, there is the obligation of listening.” He concludes his section by saying “We should listen with the ears of God that we may speak the Word of God.”
I want to encourage you all to grow in your listening to one another.
Be pro-active in this. Invite others around for coffee, go for a walk with a small group, meet at a café, find a place to sit with one or two after the service, phone someone up and ask how they are. Ask how they are going in their faith. And listen, don’t be quick to tell your own thoughts but give time to listen.
Longing to see our community grow in Christ-likeness!
With blessings, David Bassett (Senior Minister)