We can be excused from thinking that our ears are the only ears that we have. What if we stretched a metaphor to say that the new hearts that we receive from hearing the gospel have ears? That our new hearts hear the words from Romans 12, and – well – take those words to heart. What if new affections are stirred, with a desire to give that which we ourselves have received? What if the things which our new hearts love are the very things loved by God? What if that love fueled a new way of seeing and hearing things, and our behavior started to change? What if all of this happened because our new hearts were stirred?
Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. (Romans 12:9-13)
Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.