Hearing God’s Voice, Recognizing His Ways

Bob Roberts, Jr.

Bob Roberts, Jr.

Bob Roberts is a man-genius in the areas of disciple making, church planting, church marketing, and glocal (acting locally while thinking, dreaming, and acting globally) thinking and action.  Last year I read his book, The Multiplying Church, which was ridiculously brilliant.  Yesterday, he posted on his blog about learning how to say “yes” or “no” to things that require our time.  Face it, most of us don’t know how to say “no” or we are indifferent.  We need to learn how to intentionally say “yes” and “no” to things.

Here is an excerpt from his blog entry from yesterday.  Some great suggestions for intentionally ordering our lives (you can view the entire post here):

How do you know what to say yes to and no to beyond the typical traditional management techniques?  Here are some things I look for . . . .

1.  How unique is this – how many people are going to have this opportunity or access to make a difference?

2.  What was I reading in my personal worship time this morning in God’s word – was there anything that correlates?

3.  Is this the first time this country, person, idea, or situation has been before my mind or did it come up earlier and now there’s an opportunity to go with a seed that had been planted?

4.  Is there a long-term relationship or something of significance that this could lead to for the kingdom of God?

5.  What is present beyond the immediate opportunity?  Are there other things that this could lead to impacting other people and places?

6.  Does there have to be an immediate answer – or is there time to have others confidentially pray about the matter with me? 

7.  Do I have the ability to respond – or is this something I am going to have grow and/or learn – and is it within the realm of God’s calling or is it a distraction? 

8.  Do I have a sense of this is a “God moment?”

9.  Is this a place or area that I’ve had on my heart or something that I’ve been wanting to learn about?

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About Aaron

Aaron is a follower of Jesus. He's married to his smokin' hot wife Laura and is the father of three adorable girls. He enjoys a robust cigar, a complex root beer, a good movie, writing, football, thought-provoking books, and rousing discussions about subjects you're not supposed to talk about (like theology and politics). Religious people irritate him (because he once was one). He's on a quest to find the perfect dry rub and sauce for ribs.
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5 Responses to Hearing God’s Voice, Recognizing His Ways

  1. justin dunn says:

    your link to his post didnt work. what is that link? i would be interested in reading it. thanks.

  2. justin dunn says:

    actually, it could just be a problem with glocal net, not your link.

    • Aaron says:

      Yeah, that’s weird. Anyway, I posted the majority of the post. You got the gist of it.

      How’s the new church going, dude?

  3. justin dunn says:

    aw man. its great! everything is going a-ok so far. its been a really good experience and there is a new adventure every week. thanks for asking.

  4. Aaron says:

    Cool. Oh, the link works again. Must have been something over at Glocalnet.

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