Reflections to consider

“Let he who has ears to hear, use them.” More than once Jesus said these words. Eight times in the Gospels and eight times in the Book of Revelation1 we are reminded that it’s not enough just to have ears—it’s necessary to use them. In one of his parables2 Jesus compared our ears to soil. He told about a farmer who scattered seed (symbolic of the Word) in four different types of ground (symbolic of our ears). Some of our ears are like a hard road—unreceptive to the seed. Others have ears like rocky soil—we hear the Word but don’t allow it to take root. Still others have ears akin to a weed patch—too overgrown, too thorny, with too much competition for the seed to have a chance. And then there are some who have ears that hear: well-tilled, discriminate, and ready to hear God’s voice. Please note that in all four cases the seed is the same seed. The sower is the same sower. What’s different is not the message or the messenger—it’s the listener. And if the ratio in the story is significant, three-fourths of the world isn’t listening to God’s voice. Whether the cause be hard hearts, shallow lives, or anxious minds, 75 percent of us are missing the message. It’s not that we don’t have ears; it’s that we don’t use them…. Each of the seven churches in Revelation is addressed in the same manner: “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” (Just Like Jesus: A Heart Like His)

1 comment

  • missliz

    I think the key word is receptive. Who is open to the Word allowing it to permeate the heart and change our thoughts and behavior. I agree the main theme of Revelations is the sovereignty of God but a sub-theme is changed behaviors because he is sovereign Lord.

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