Updated: Jul 24, 2020
Today, let’s look at the second parable.
In the second parable, Jesus talks about the importance of what you hear. He says, “Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given. For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.” (Mark 4:24-25) What is Jesus saying here? He is saying that we need to pay attention to what we hear. You and I both get the choice of what we listen to whether it’s from Jesus or not. You get to choose the music, the leaders, news, books, podcasts, posts, and shows you listen to. We need to intentionally make sure we are absorbing and hearing as much of the Word as possible. Why? Because to the measure that you use it, it will be measured back to you. Meaning, to the measure that you choose to listen, is the exact same measure to which you will have understanding. As you hear, more will be given to you. This is saying as you listen to and read the Bible you get more understanding and remember more of it: more will be given.
However, in the same way, if you stop listening or reading it will be taken from you. Why? Because you are no longer using it anymore. This is what causes many people new in their faith to not latch on to the Bible. They start reading and they don’t understand and so they stop reading. Then, what they read starts to fade away. Then, they try again, but make it just as far and get just as discouraged. I want to encourage you even if it doesn’t make sense, keep reading it. I will sometimes read the same chapter of the Bible every day for a week or more. Why? Because as I do, more and more understanding comes, which is exactly what Jesus is saying here. Additionally, as you read more parts of the Bible, it will make more sense. You will get more of the big picture or similar things will be said in a different way so that you grasp it.
Therefore, we want to encourage you: just be faithful and consistent! Don’t quit reading!