Truth and Heavenly Hope
Friday, 10 February 2017 20:52

'Consider carefully how you listen'

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‘A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.’ (Luke 8:5 – 8)

During Jesus' public healing and preaching tour of Galilee, and while the vast crowds awaited another miracle, it was to His inner circle that He explained the meaning of this moral illustration, or parable. 

That explanation revealed the subtle out-working of God’s final judgement and redemption in our daily life-choices.

Other than the good soil, every other type of earth (the path, the rocky ground, and the thorns) did not produce the sower's intended outcome. The problem was not with seed, but with the ground conditions.

By way of comparison, He was also saying the problem was not with His message, but with the mindset of those who heard (or misheard) it.

Over the next few posts, we will reflect on those mindsets which Jesus described.

And it's important because of Jesus' warning to everyone at the end of His illustration.

'Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they think they have will be taken from them." (Luke 8:18)

So, as we reflect on His words of invincible hope, let's ensure that we consider carefully how we listen to them.

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Hope Pentecostal Community Church meets at:

Samuel Cody Specialist Sports College
Ballantyne Road
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