I have been pondering this question for sometime now: you know as we sit in church and hear the word of God preached time after time, week after week, yet we do not see any significant change in our own lives or those of others?
In Isaiah chp 55: verses 10 & 11 it reads; as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
Then Jesus taught the parable of the sower in Luke 8: 5- 8 and then had to explain it further to his disciples when they didn’t understand, I guess I feel like that sometimes, He needs to explain it to me more too.
This is what he said in verses 11- 15 of the same chapter –
This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. Those along the path are the ones who hear and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures and they do not mature. But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.
After reading this I realized I needed to prepare my heart to hear- in order to retain it and at the same time persevere in it.
I guess that just because I have 2 ears to hear with, doesn’t mean I am really hearing- how about you?