The Key to Attentiveness

Having “Spiritual Ears”

Scripture teaches that there are two types of hearing-spiritual and natural. Our natural ears can distinguish the meaning of audible sounds. Our “spiritual ears” can recognize the voice of God as He “speaks” to us through the Bible. Having “spiritual ears” is far more important to learning attentiveness than any physical listening we may do. In fact, without “spiritual ears” it would be impossible to achieve the level of attentiveness necessary to be successful in life. Notice the distinction between spiritual and physical hearing in the following verse: “For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them” (Matthew 13:15).

How to get “Spiritual Ears”

“Spiritual ears” begin to be developed as we listen to our consciences tell us how we have broken God’s holy Law. God has written His Law in our hearts, and early in childhood we break every one of His Ten Commandments, which are:

1 Thou shalt have no other gods.

2 Thou shalt not make any graven images.

3 Thou shalt not profane God’s name.

4 Thou shalt honor the Sabbath.

5 Thou shalt honor thy parents.

6 T’hou shalt not kill (get angry).

7 Thou shalt not commit adultery (lust).

8 Thou shalt not steal.

9 Thou shalt not bear false witness.

10 Thou shalt not covet.

The just punishment for breaking any one of these Laws is physical and spiritual death. However, God is not only a just God; He is also a merciful God. In mercy, God sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to pay the full penalty for our breaking His Law. If we listen to the Holy Spirit convicting us of our sin, repent, and receive the Lord Jesus Christ as the full payment for our sin, we will acquire “spiritual ears.”

You can become a believer in Christ by sincerely praying the following: “God, I confess that I have broken Your Law. I deserve to die, but I do now repent of my sin and receive Your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, as the full payment for my sin. Amen.”