Then Jesus said to them, “If you can’t understand the meaning of this parable, how will you understand all the other parables? 14 The farmer plants seed by taking God’s word to others. 15 The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message, only to have Satan come at once and take it away. 16 The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. 17 But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word. 18 The seed that fell among the thorns represents others who hear God’s word, 19 but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced. 20 And the seed that fell on good soil represents those who hear and accept God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”
21 Then Jesus asked them, “Would anyone light a lamp and then put it under a basket or under a bed? Of course not! A lamp is placed on a stand, where its light will shine. 22 For everything that is hidden will eventually be brought into the open, and every secret will be brought to light. 23 Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”
24 Then he added, “Pay close attention to what you hear. The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given—and you will receive even more. 25 To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them.” – Mark 4:13-25
The light suddenly came on. He was a young man in confirmation class and we were talking about faith, forgiveness, and salvation. Suddenly he got it. “You mean, because of Jesus, our sins are forgiven?!? We get that by believing it?”
“Yes,” I said, “that’s exactly what I mean.”
“Wow! That’s amazing!
This actually happened to the young man. He had ears to hear, and he listened. He was one who believed the Word, and was given even more understanding. What a blessing!
How is the light of God’s love, grace, and truth in your heart these days? Is it hidden beneath piles of this world’s trouble and stress? Is it covered by a cloud of worry and fear? Or is it burning brightly as you continually see God’s goodness unfold?
In any case – no matter what level the flame of faith is in your heart – it is a gift from God. Note clearly what Jesus says here, “Then he added, “Pay close attention to what you hear. The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given—and you will receive even more. 25 To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given.”
God’s word is a light for our path. His truth is unchanging. It may be time to clear the clutter from your heart and unplug your ears. What a precious gift it is when the light of faith is turned on! Let it shine!