Hearing it again for the first time


Praise God for music.  Music touches hearts, stirs emotions, and permanently plants information in our minds.  I love all kinds of music, but I am amazed how often I hear the lyrics incorrectly.  And I am not alone.  I remember a comedy sketch where people were interviewed on the street.  They listened to a popular song until a point in which the people were asked to finish the lyrics.  They were all familiar with the music and assumed they knew the lyrics until they were quizzed.  It was humorous to watch people stumble through music in which they had been so confident only seconds before.

It is not humorous to realize many of us make the same mistake with the gospel of Jesus Christ.  I was one of those people.  I had heard the gospel countless times as I attended church regularly over the years.  The message was familiar to my ears, but it eluded my heart.  I was like those people on the street who were familiar with the music but strangers to the lyrics.  That all changed when I heard the gospel again for the first time.

I got to know a local carpenter while I attended college.  He explained the gospel message my ears had heard so many times before.  I knew I was a sinner and was convinced I needed to be reconciled to God.  I had known Jesus died to pay the penalty for my sin.  My ears knew the message well, but that was the first time my heart heard as well.  My heart came alive as I understood and obeyed the gospel, submitting to the love of God with my life.

How about you?  I imagine your ears have heard Jesus’s name many times, but has the good news reached your heart?  Are you making the same blunder as the people who took the music quiz on the streets?  Have you become so familiar with the name of Jesus that He has no effect on your heart?

After Jesus defeated death, He had a powerful conversation with Peter.  Having denied Jesus three times, Peter found restoration after Jesus asked him three times, “Do you love Me?”  That is still a great question today, “Do you love Jesus?”  Let that question reach beyond your ears.  How does your heart answer that question?

Deuteronomy 30:6 – The LORD your God will change your heart and the hearts of all your descendants, so that you will love him with all your heart and soul and so you may live!