I have a question I would like to ask you this morning: How is your hearing?
As I read through the Bible, I find myself intrigued by a phrase that Jesus used quite often in His conversations with people. Throughout the gospel accounts of His life, and in the book of the Revelation, we frequently see a very telling accusation against those who claimed to be in right relationship to God. With a simple phrase that is often read but ignored, Jesus reveals who actually belonged to the kingdom of God and who did not. It is a phrase that the pious arrogantly skip over; a phrase the humble contemplate. It is a phrase that is a revelation of the hearts of men. What is it? “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” Jesus’ repeated use of this statement lends us to beg its meaning. Obviously the ones who heard these words had ears and naturally they ‘heard’ what He said. However, “hearing they do not hear,” because “to those who are outside, all things come in parables.” – Mark 4:11, 12
Friends, it is very possible for one to “hear” God’s word and yet not “hear” it. Many self-proclaimed believers think they hear from God every day, yet sadly many have not heard Him at all. Just as with the religious leaders and sinners of Jesus’ day, those outside of the faith canNOT hear clearly what He is speaking. It is the heart of man that closes his ‘ears’ to hearing. It is imperative in these last days that we are indeed truly hearing the Voice of Heaven. I encourage you to pray today that your spiritual ears will be opened and that you will be privy to the information God is longing to disclose to those who belong to Him. For, “To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God.” – Mark 4:11 I ask you again: How is your hearing?