Spiritual progress is best made by action – actions of mission, creativity, hope-restoring, life-building and continual conversational prayer.
However, even the best actions must be motivated and founded on the art of listening – listening well to God, our own hearts and the voices of others.
In my journey, I have experienced seasons of great action that felt significant, but in the end may not have been.
Conversely, I have experienced moments of great action that felt as though they were founded on a whisper or shout from God. It is to the fruits of those actions I turn when I wonder if I am in the middle of God’s will.
Learn the art of listening well to God, and responding. By constant practice, we can begin to become the kind of obedient (from the Latin “to hear”) followers of Jesus we are designed to be.