Late one night, a burglar broke into a house he thought was empty. He tiptoed through the living room but suddenly he froze in his tracks when he heard a loud voice say: "Jesus is watching you!" Silence returned to the house, so the burglar crept forward again. "Jesus is watching you," the voice boomed again. The burglar stopped dead again. He was frightened. Frantically, he looked all around. In a dark corner, he spotted a birdcage and in the cage was a parrot. He asked the parrot: "Was that you who said Jesus is watching me?" "Yes", said the parrot.
The burglar breathed a sigh of relief, and asked the parrot: "What's your name?" "Clarence," said the bird. "That's a dumb name for a parrot," sneered the burglar. "What idiot named you Clarence?" The parrot said, "The same idiot who named the Rottweiller Jesus."
There are voices all of our lives telling us how to live, what to say, what to wear, who to act like, how to be successful and how to make millions. Not one of us would doubt for a minute the influence of other voices in our culture. In the past twenty years, the study of how to compete for our attention created entire industries. Direct mail has become a billion-dollar industry. Write a catchy ad for television, and you could be an instant millionaire. I wish I developed the “Got Milk.” ad. Two words got the nations attention. And it is all about making sure a voice was heard.
Most of the voices competing for our attention want something. They want your time. They want your money. They want your interest. They want your thoughts. They want your vote and some want as much as they can get from you.
But there is another voice, constant, strong, and unparalleled in its ability to bring hope. The voice of Jesus! In John 10:27 Jesus says, “My sheep know my voice…” So, here is my gentle, non-finger pointing, reminder. Listen. I believe God has something to say to you, today. Let me know what you heard.