Friday, December 10, 2010
How are you receiving the truth?
"And he said to them, "Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you. For to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away." (Mar 4:24-25 ESV)
This is a warning and a promise to would be disciples to listen carefully - with a willing and receptive heart. It is a heart that is hungry for the truth of God, that wants to know and live the truth. That is kind of heart that the gospel seed can take root and flourish. But it is also applicable to disciples (James 1:22-23). Take heed to how we hear. The condition of your heart determines what you hear, how much you hear, how much you understand about the Kingdom, and most importantly, how much the message takes hold of you and transforms your heart. That is no small matter. And listening applies to any time we sit under the word - in our bible reading as well as listening to preaching. The more you welcome it and embrace it the more you will receive insight and blessing and transformation. That includes both this age and the age to come (Eph 2:7).
What can I do about the condition of my heart? Pray that God opens our eyes to see wonderful things in his word (Ps 119:18) and pray that he inclines your heart to obey his word (Ps 119:112). Then be diligent to listen intently and apply the truth to your life!