How Well Do You Listen: Hearing is not enough

Matthew 13:3
3 He told them many things in [a]parables, saying, “Listen carefully: a sower went out to sow [seed in his field];
The four kinds of ground mentioned all heard the word, but the results were different…why? Because hearing is not enough!
The first heard but he did not comprehend it and this gave the enemy an opportunity to come in and steal what was sown……..hearing is not enough you have to understand what you hear!
Acts 8:30
Phillip asked the Ethiopian eunuch “Do you really understand what you are reading?”
Just like with the Ethiopian, your attitude towards Gods word will determine if God will grant you understanding.
Psalm 119:130 NJKV
The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.
The second heard the word and welcomed it with joy but he did not allow it to take root in his heart. When trouble comes, he abandons what he has heard the joy he had when he welcomed the word dwindles …like Peter he shifts his focus from the word and he focuses on the stormy waters……results? He begins to sink! Hearing and welcoming the word with joy is not enough! Remember, that word must be tested so stand firm.
James 1:2-3 NKJV
2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces [a]patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be [b]perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
The third guy hears the word but his focus and attention are on worldly things glamour, pleasure delight….riches……and all these things choke the word so it bears no fruit. As you know, what you feed grows and what you starve dies. I am reminded of the rich young man in Mark 10:17 who was so eager to inherit the kingdom…but not eager enough to sell all his earthly possessions as Jesus required him to.
Then there was the fourth guy. He hears the word and understands it he grasps it and allows it to take root in his heart. He focuses on it and lives it. Like a good farmer he does all he needs to do to protect the seed allowing it to germinate and bear fruit……he bears fruit and yields in one case 100 times what was sown in another 60 times and in another 30 times what was sown.
Now I don’t know about you but every day I am always hearing the word…….do I always understand?…not always but majority of the times I do. What I have to contend with is removing the rocks from my life allowing the seed to take root…. I need to hold on and trust the Lord in the midst of persecution and affliction. I need to focus on God and not the glamour deceit and pleasures that this world has to offer….and boy are they tempting!
For the fruit to appear it takes time and there will be challenges along the way but this one thing is for sure…….”Hearing is not enough”
Reflections
What is your attitude when you hear the word of God being preached or taught?
The problem is never the seed (The Word) It is always a matter of the heart. What’s the condition of your heart in response to Gods word?
Man cannot live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. God is ready and willing to instruct you. Are you willing to listen?
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