Jesus repeated one command more than any other: He who has ears let him hear. Luke clarifies for us: Take heed how you hear…for to him who has more will be given, but to him who does not have, even what he does have will be taken away.
If you hear the truth and do not respond to it, do not integrate it, do not let it change you, then you grow blind, deaf, and dumb to it. As this becomes a pattern, even what you did once understand will be forgotten. And as it fails to make any difference in one’s life, it is lost as though it never was – like a seed that never sprouts.
If a seed grows no plant, it disintegrates back into the earth. If knowledge yields no change, it is forgotten.
We in America are blessed; many of us have heard the Truth preached every Sunday for decades. The danger is that we remain unchanged and callused when confronted by that Truth. Then the Truth we do have is snatched away by our own mediocrity. The challenge is to be habitually humble and prepared to be changed by the Truth confronting us. Then that Truth is multiplied by the grace of God at work in our hearts and minds.
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