So I’m a little bit of a word-nerd. I was an English major in college, focused my Master’s on “great books,” and get so tickled when a Bible study digs down to the original Greek or Hebrew. I don’t understand it all – and I rarely remember them – but there is a Greek word that I learned recently at a Beth Moore simulcast that I just love. Especially when it comes to God-sized dreams. The word is “prosecho“ and it means a few things, depending where you find it in scripture. Most notably it means:
- to be attentive
- to devote thought and effort
- to bring a ship to land
It’s what we’re doing as we sail these uncharted waters of our God-sized dreams, isn’t it? We’re attentive to the call God has put on our hearts. We devote thought and effort into the planning and execution of each step of the dream as God opens each door. And we hold firm on course with the goal of bringing our ship to land.
In Acts 16:14 it’s used to describe the way Lydia (the first Christian convert in Europe) listened attentively to Paul and “the Lord opened her heart to respond.” When we tune our hearts toward Jesus, we’re better equipped to respond to the call He’s put on our life and the plans He has for us. When I think about this, I see myself as I make a request of my toddler, only to have her continue about her business, unresponsive.
She’s not purposely choosing to disobey or ignore what I’m saying. But she’s still learning to be attentive – and it sometimes take a gentle touch on the shoulder from me, making sure we’ve locked eyes, for her to fully understand what I’m saying to her. I’m very much like a toddler in my relationship to Christ, and I’m so often distracted by what everyone else is doing around me that I fail to hear God’s very specific communication over my life. I still need that gentle hand, a face turned up to the Father, eyes locked in His Word to hear what He has for me.
And when I don’t? Sometimes my ship goes backwards because I choose to move at my own direction rather than holding steady where God is leading. Jeremiah 7:24 uses the same Greek word “prosecho” when it says “inclined their ear” :
“Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but walked in their own counsels and in the stubbornness of their evil heart, and went backward and not forward.” Jeremiah 7:24
When we’re attentive and devote thought toward God and the plans He has for our lives, we move forward. (<====Click to Tweet) Our ships head toward land. We hold firm. But when we do our own thing, chase our own agendas, and stubbornly choose our own path instead of God’s course, we go backwards.
Maybe you feel a little stranded in the middle of your dream journey today, friend. Let me encourage you – bend your ear toward Christ. Turn your face to His. He has the map. Let Him guide your next step and you’ll keep moving forward toward land.
Shared by: Crystal Stine