The Key to Closeness with God? Listening.

The Key to Closeness with God? Listening.

Communication is the key to a good relationship. It is how we get to know others and how we allow others to know us – and communication is just as important in our relationship with God as it is in our relationship with people.

Recently on The Joe Sikorra Show, Joe reflected on communication in relationships, and that whether you are talking about a relationship with a friend or with Almighty God, communication is a two-way street. He said:

“Unless you’re an actor, and you’re paid the big bucks to be an actor on stage – remember it’s not a monologue. Nobody appreciates a monologue unless you’re Robert de Niro. Take turns, allow breath into the conversation, allow feedback. Make sure that you communicate that you understand them, and make sure that you communicate that you want to understand them.

It’s so important. We lose this connection and we fail to develop this sense of rhythm, this connection with one another when we don’t just take the time to listen. And sometimes that can be communicated with body language, or actual movements, like a nod. That’s how you create flow, and mutual trust, and mutual understanding.

The purpose for any conversation should be to create closeness, to create a bond. … When Jesus talked about purpose, He said His purpose was, ‘that My joy might be your joy.’

How did He communicate that? I think in part He communicated that joy by listening. Because that communicates, ‘Hey, I care so much about you. I, God, Creator of the world, care so much about you that I want to listen to you.’

And that’s exactly what He offers you right now. … Jesus says that He’s made us friends because He’s let us in on everything He has heard from the Father. How did He hear from the Father? He heard from the Father because He listened to the Father!

And He’s listening to you and He wants you to listen. You might not feel a sense of flow with somebody because you’re guessing about their motives or second-guessing them. Just listen.

It is in Christ that you find out who you are and what you’re living for. So listen. And speak with tenderness and love.”

Listen to the full reflection below:

The Joe Sikorra Show airs weekdays from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Pacific.