Are You Listening?
Back when the telegraph was the fastest method of long distance communication,
a young man applied for a job as a Morse Code operator.
Answering an ad in the newspaper,he went to the office that was listed.
When he arrived, he entered a large, busy office filled with noise and clatter,
including the sound of the telegraph in the background.
A sign on the receptionist's counter instructed job applicants to fill out a form and wait
until they were summoned to enter the inner office. The young man filled out his form
and sat down with the seven other applicants in the waiting area.
After a few minutes.... the young man stood up, crossed the room to the door of the inner office,
and walked right in. Naturally the other applicants perked up, wondering what was going on.
They muttered among themselves that they hadn't heard any summons yet.
They assumed that the young man who went into the office made a mistake
and would be disqualified.
Within a few minutes, however, the employer escorted the young man out of the office
and said to the other applicants,
"Gentlemen, thank you for coming, but the job has just been filled."
The other applicants began grumbling to each other, and one spoke up saying,
"Wait a minute, I don't understand. He was the LAST to come in,
and we never got a chance to be interviewed.
Yet HE got the job. That's not fair!"
The employer said, "I'm sorry, but the last several minutes while you've been sitting here,
the telegraph has been ticking out the following message in Morse Code:
'If you understand this message, then come right in! The job is yours.'
NONE of you heard it or understood it.
This young man did - AND - he responded to the message! The job is his."
There is a lot of noise and clatter in the world today.
Confusion booms with the multitude of sounds,
all of them beckoning for our attention.
Yet in ALL of this clamor, God is calling US through His Word.
He is inviting us into a relationship with Himself through His Son,
Jesus Christ. He is calling us to faith (Hebrews 11:6), repentance (Acts 17:31),
confession (Romans 10:9-10), baptism for the forgiveness of our sins (Acts 2:38),
AND a life of faithfulness to His revealed Will (1 John 1:7).
Are YOU listening? Will you answer His call?
© Tina's Prayer Gate
September 16, 2012