Giving Your Attention To The Word
If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given. For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath. (Mark 4:23-25)
The Bible is full of terminology that we don’t use in our modern world. That's why it is vitally important that you understand the audience and context when you read the Bible.
Here in Mark 4:23, Jesus said, “if any man have ears to hear, let him hear.” Obviously, our ears are for hearing. What did Jesus mean? Jesus was telling us to give attention and mental connection to the Word; don’t let it go in one ear and out the other. Verse 24 continues with that thought, stating: “with the same measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.” This means that the revelation and understanding of God's word are progressive. The more time and attention that you give it, the greater you will receive from it. You don't get more from the Word because someone prays over you or does the work for you. You don't get to skip steps.
People playing in the major leagues didn't skip the basics of the sport; neither did they skip the process that was necessary to get them on the team. You don’t go from beginner to professional in one season. In the same manner, it takes time to learn and grow in understanding and applying the Word in your life.
The more time and attention you give to the Word, and the more you hear it and speak it, the more you will see results in your life.
Practical Application – Do you have ears to hear? After you read and speak the Word, spend time in prayer, but don’t do all the talking. Listen for God to speak. He desires to talk to you, and you will hear Him if you take give Him your attention and take the time to listen.
Proverbs 3:6; Matthew 13:44