I can remember growing up the youngest of 4 boys. There were many times when us boys would be in a room playing a game or watching TV together. Into the room would walk Mom or Dad with an announcement, or to ask us to get ready for dinner. They would walk away and their message would go unheeded. Our response: “Are you talking to me?”
As I work my way through the Bible I am again reminded of just how often God’s people must have said, “Are you talking to me?” When Nathan comes to David and confronts him with his sin. I am sure that David’s immediate reaction was “Are you talking to me?” David figured out quickly that Nathan was in fact talking to him. I’m sure that the initial reaction of Moses to a talking bush was “Are you talking to me?” I’m sure that Abram when told to take his family and go to a land unknown might have said, “Are you talking to me?”
This is not just an old testament thought. I’m sure the shepherds that first Christmas night must have asked “Are you talking to me?” The religious leaders when listening to Jesus had a little different take on the question. They may have said “You’re not talking to me.” When Ananias was asked by the Lord to go talk to Saul he did say, “Are you talking to me?”
11 The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. 12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”
13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.” (did you hear it “Are You Talking To Me?”)
15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. Acts 9:11-14
Ananias, Abram, the shepherds, Moses, David, Peter, Jonah, and a host of others through the ages have been called to do things that seemed impossible. There have been times when God’s people have even asked to see God’s I.D. so they could confirm who has talking to them. Does this ever happen to you?
Today I want to encourage you to read scripture with the question “Are You Talking To Me?” If I am going to have you ask the question I better share the answer with you. The answer is “YES.” When God calls us to lay down our life and take up our cross, He’s Talking to You.(Luke 9:23) When he tells us to go make disciples of all nations, He’s Talking to You. (Matthew 28:18-20) When he says that he forgives all our sins and declares us righteous, He’s Talking to You. (1 Peter 2:24) When he promises that he will never leave or forsake us, He’s Talking to You. (Deuteronomy 31:6) When he tells us about us eternal life, He’s Talking to You. (John 11:25)
I would even challenge yourself to ask the question out-loud. The next time you are in Starbucks reading the Bible, stop and say out loud? “Are You Talking To Me?” followed by “Yep, He’s Talking To Me?” Not only will it give you a new look at the Word, but the lady at the next table will give you a look that opens the door to share the Gospel with her.