Day Three: Beyond the Soundwaves

Luke 8:8 (NIV)
“Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.” When he said this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

“Look out of the window at the people walking by. What sort of soil is the seed being sown in today? What can we do to plough up the rough ground, to remove the stones, to weed out the thorns? What can we do to sow the word more successfully? The answers will vary from place to place and time to time. But perhaps the first and most important answer is to ask ourselves how much mature growth, how much fruit, the word is producing in our own lives. If we have ears, we must learn to hear.” [NT Wright, Luke for Everyone (New Testament for Everyone), 95-96]

Not all listening is created equal. Just because we have ears, doesn’t mean we hear well. Every time Jesus speaks, his words carry the very power of life and light itself. The problem is not with the words that proceed from God’s mouth, but the manner in which the words are received by the listener. May we learn to encounter God by listening to Jesus well. In doing so, it will yield a crop to the glory of God.

Let’s pray: Heavenly Father, I thank you for your words of life that come to me every day through Scripture, through your Spirit, and through others. Help me to truly hear and receive all that you say to me that I may live and be fruitful. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to the song “Fire Fall” by Planetshakers (click here).

– ES