“Take Care What You Listen To” (10/15)

Thought from today’s Bible reading from Matthew 8:14-34; Mark 4-5.

‘If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.’ And He was saying to them, ‘Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure it will be measured to you; and more will be given you besides’” (Mark 4:23-24).

Jesus made these comments after explaining the parable of the sower to His disciples. The four soils in the parable represented four different types of hearts that would hear the gospel. The type of heart one has will determine how he listens and what he chooses to listen to.

  • The roadside soil is the heart that listens to the distractions of Satan, rather than the word of God (Mark 4:15).
  • The rocky ground is the heart that heeds the threats of the persecutors, rather than the salvation revealed in His word (Mark 4:16-17).
  • The thorny ground is the heart that gives excessive attention to the worries and riches of life, rather than promises of a greater reward spoken of in the word (Mark 4:18-19).
  • The good soil is the heart that hears the word, accepts it, and obeys it (Mark 4:20).

We must take care what we listen to. Are we listening to what the word of God says? Or are we turning from that to listen to the enemies of the Lord?

If we listen to the word of God, then what we must do is accept it and obey it (Mark 4:20; cf. James 1:22; 2:24). If we fail to do this, it is because we are being persuaded by those messages that Jesus warns us about in this parable.

Tomorrow’s reading: Matthew 9-10

[I’m using the Chronological reading plan on the Bible Gateway website if you’d like to follow along, too.]


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