Today’s Reading: Matthew 13
Key Verse: “But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” Matthew 13:23
An excited little boy was telling his daddy about something that had happened to him that day. His daddy said, “Slow up, honey, you are talking too fast!” His boy shot back at him, “Oh, no, Daddy, I’m not talking too fast. You’re just listening too slow!”
It’s been said that we think four to five times faster than we talk. This means that if a speaker talks at 120 words a minute, the audience thinks of about 500 words a minute! James 1:19 “My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.”
In our text about the parable of the sower, Jesus speaks of four different kinds of hearers or listeners. 1- The hard-hearted listener, 2- The shallow-hearted listener, 3- The clutter-hearted listener, 4- The good-hearted listener.
The good-hearted listener hears the Word, understands it, and bears fruit. I heard one time that the gauge of a good sermon is when a person leaves the church, not saying, “What a good sermon!” but “I WILL DO SOMETHING!” That’s the good-hearted listener! James 1:22-24 tells us, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.”
The clutter-hearted listener has cluttered up his life with the things of this world. Some people are caught up in the world of entertainment. They live for the next movie, TV show or game. Some have cluttered their lives with money, always thinking and worrying about the next dollar. What are the things keeping your mind from listening to Jesus?
The good-hearted listener sees himself in the mirror of God’s Word and responds to it. Are you listening to what God has to say to you? Often we don’t hear God, not because he is not speaking but because we are not listening.