Monday, August 14

Listen and do

Scripture: Mark 4

Mark 4:9 And he said, “Whoever has ears to hear had better listen!”

Observation

“Do you have ears? You’d better use them to listen!”

Jesus often said this when He spoke. He commanded people to listen and listen carefully. The force of His command is sometimes lost in translation. The NIV and other translations render it “let him hear” which sounds more permissive than imperative. It is imperative, a command. The Message renders it “Are you listening to this? Really listening?” The CEB reads “you should pay attention” and several others simply, “Listen!” 

The OT prophets repeatedly corrected Israel for not listening, and by that they meant that Israel heard but didn’t pay attention, didn’t take it to heart and respond and do what God said. 

When Jesus calls us to listen, it is more than just hearing His words. It is paying attention, taking them to heart and acting upon them. 

The most basic definition of a disciple is one who listens to Jesus and does what He says. Listen and do.

Application

I want to listen to Jesus, take His words to heart and do what He says. I will do this in two ways. 

First, I will listen to the words of Scripture and with His help apply them to my life. Listen and do what God’s word says.

Second, I will listen to the words of the Spirit, and with His help do what He leads. 

I don’t want to be someone who hears…but doesn’t listen.

Prayer: Lord, I love You. Help me to hear Your voice as You speak to me during the day and through Your word. Help me to listen and do what You say. 

More: Jeremiah 27-28, Psalm 95, Revelation 17