The natural tendency when listening to a sermon is to think:
- Boy, too bad so-and-so isn’t here. They really need to hear this. Maybe I’ll get a CD and give it to them.
- Who does the pastor think he is talking about this topic? He is not perfect either!
- When is church going to be over? I wonder what’s for lunch.
Instead, our first thought should be, “God, what do you want to me to learn from this message? What do you want to teach me about yourself? About myself? About your plan? How do you want me to respond to your Word?”