Selective Listening

John 3:31-36

“The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly things. The one who comes from heaven is above all. He testifies to what he has seen and heard, yet no one accepts his testimony. Whoever has accepted his testimony has certified this, that God is true. He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. The Father loves the Son and has placed all things in his hands. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but must endure God’s wrath.”

“He testifies to what he has seen and heard, yet no one accepts his testimony.” That seems to state the problem in a nutshell.

It seems that the communication distance between those of us who “belong to the earth” and the “one who comes from heaven” oftentimes is too great to bridge. Maybe the cell towers just can’t carry the signal that is required to receive the testimony that Jesus offers to the world? Doubtful. I have every confidence God could easily provide the necessary infrastructure for communicating such vital truths.

What seems to be more likely for those “who belong to the earth” is our great capacity for selective listening. Maybe more apt, is our capacity to filter out all the things that challenge our preconceptions or biases or ways of life. Many are quite content to give a tip of the cap toward God and/or Jesus as long as it doesn’t get in the way of their world views, priorities, habits and so on. We all have those filters firmly in place.

The faith journey is about identifying those filters and assessing to what degree they are denying our spirits from receiving “God’s “Spirit without measure.” It is only when we are intentional about eliminating those filters that we move into the force field of God’s love and Spirit without restraint or without measure.

God is pouring Godself out upon all without ceasing. Only those committed to being more and more open to receiving God’s Spirit and love, unfiltered, know the true joy and the true blessing of living life in right relationship with God. All others are pretty watered down with our own interpretations (filters) of that Spirit and love to preserve our established ways. It becomes like those who drink a little bit of coffee with their cream and sugar.

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