In part two of our “New You, New Way” series, Jaron helps us understand why it’s important to listen and how we can become better listeners. He encouraged us to practice active listening through hearing, understanding, and then responding as we listen to God, people who are in pain, and people with whom we disagree.
Jaron gave the opening talk in this series and laid a foundation for how we can think about relationships in Christ. He encourages us to put on the mindset of Christ, and like him, submit to the will of those God has placed above us and to the interests of those God has placed around us.
Jesus tells his followers they will bear fruit and that this will happen in the context of opposition. He also tells them he’ll be leaving soon. They won’t be left alone, though. Jesus is sending an advocate, the Holy Spirit, whose living presence in his followers will be even better than having Jesus with them in the flesh.
Insecurity is a heavy burden, one that most of us have a hard time laying down. It causes us to ask the wrong questions and become fixated on ourselves. Instead, Jaron encourages us to fix our eyes on Jesus, who is perfect and faithful. Because we are hidden in him, his security becomes our security.
Right after telling his followers to love each other, Jesus tells them that the world will hate them. The context of our mission is opposition, hostility and occasionally persecution. We learn the reasons for this reality, the importance of accepting it, some of the risks it entails, and what we must do in light of it.