Exodus 18:24 says that after Jethro advised Moses to share his ministry with others among the people, that Moses not only had the humility to have “listened to his father-in-law” but that he also “DID all that he had said.” It is one thing to supposedly “listen” to someone; but the truth is that listening is only the first step. Moses not only “heard” Jethro, but he followed through and DID what he advised him to do and implemented his suggested system of shared ministry.
The failure to do this is one of the preeminent maladies of American Christianity. Many of us have “heard” the word of God all of our lives, “listening” to sermon after sermon; lesson after lesson – and considered ourselves to be “good Christians” as a result. But this is not Biblical Christianity. James exhorted his readers: “Be DOERS of the word, not merely hearers who delude themselves.” (James 1:22) Moses, on the other hand, did not merely “listen” to the good word; he also “DID” it. May God give us the grace today to do the same.