Contemplation and Action


What is your Creator calling you to do…in the name of Love?

(Listen to my song “I Want to Follow You” by clicking HERE)


Luke 8:21

He said to them in reply, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it.”


Jesus was good at using exaggeration to make a point.

When told that his mother and brothers were outside waiting to see him…Jesus made the above statement. He wasn’t suggesting that his followers shun their families…because honoring your parents is a Commandment and Jesus was a Jewish man of integrity.

But Jesus was emphasizing that a person’s top priority…over family…is to follow God’s will.

And how to we do that?

By listening to the silent voice of God…and then acting.

Reading scripture with the ear of your heart is one way to listen. What word or phrase is moving yougrabbing your attention? Allow it to ruminate in your heart in silence.

Another way to listen is contemplative prayer…simply sitting in silence and allowing your chattering mind to be still.

And since God is love (1 John 4:8)…whatever divine message you hear will be spoken in love.

But notice Jesus does not stop with instructing his followers to simply listen.

He said you must act.

If your idea of being a Christian is only assenting to a set of beliefs but you are not acting in the cause of unconditional love and justice for all people…you are only a fan of Jesus.

He wanted followers.


Listen to the song of the day “I Want to Follow You” by clicking HERE.

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Remember…God loves you!


About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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