I sent this word to the leaders of Revolución Juvenil today, and I wanted to share it out here!
I was impacted by something I found in our devotions a few days ago. King Rehoboam had just received the kingdom from his father Solomon. He had everything that he could ever dream of…power, money, influence. But, in ONE DECISION, he lost most of it. He was not willing to follow the advice of the elders, but rather he listened to the young men who had grown up with him (2 Chronicles 10:8), and this cost him most of the kingdom.
One thing that impacted me was 2 Chronicles 10:15. It says, “So the king did not listen to the people…” Because he was not willing to listen to the people, he did not win their hearts or their trust. So, 10 of the 12 tribes of Israel decided to no longer follow him. This week, I want you to focus on something that could change your effectiveness in ministry, in relationships with family members, with co-workers, or students you go to school with. Become a LISTENER. Listen to what people have to say. Hear their hearts.
So many times we are ready to give people the answer, but what we haven’t done is listened! King Rehoboam lost much of what he had, because he could not understand the principle of listening. Let’s put it into practice this Christmas time. When you listen, you will find the real needs of people, and instead of losing that person, God will open a door for you to minister the love of Christ to them, and their life will be changed! LISTEN, then LOVE!