The habits of highly effective sheep
Effective sheep listen.
Sandeep Samuel Christian
Bible teacher, counselor and random writer.
Effective and healthy sheep / followers of Christ are those that listen well. They listen to God in prayer rather than having a prayer life that is filled with their own voice, words, ideas and opinions on how life and the world ought to be like. The Psalmist records for us the idea of being still and knowing that the Lord is God (Psalm 46:10); and Elijah finds that God’s presence is in the gentle whisper rather than all the noise that preceded it (1 Kings 19). So it is with us also, that if we want to be effective sheep and follow well, we need to train our ears and lives and to posture our hearts in a way that we can listen well to God’s voice.
But when it comes to listening and listening well, James teaches us in his letter that listening well is about more than just hearing. Listening well is about hearing, understanding and applying. It is in the application of what we heard that we show that we have truly heard or listened. It is only in this manner of truly listening that sheep/followers of Jesus grow. It is in their consistent growing that they are effective sheep.