02-03-08

Jesus had been telling some not-so-easy-to-understand parables.  At first the disciples were a bit confused as to why Jesus was being so vague in His teaching.  But Jesus said there was a reason for it.  God’s desire is for people to want to understand.  The ones who want to understand are the ones who are going to profit from His teaching.  But profiting from God’s word doesn’t just come from learning to understand.  The true profit of God’s word comes from what you do with what you understand.

Then He said to them, “Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given. “For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.” (Mark 4:24-25) 

Sometimes we can fall into the trap of thinking that as long as we keep reading our Bible that we’re going to be growing as a Christian.  But maturity as a Christian doesn’t come just from reading the Bible, or even from learning to understand what I’m reading.  True maturity comes from learning to do the things in God’s word.  Growth comes when I learn to “use” (Mar. 4:24) the things that I’ve understood in God’s word. This kind of growth even comes with a built in blessing.  Each time I learn to obey the Lord, I find that God opens a door to a deeper relationship with Him.  This is what Jesus means when he said that to the one who “has”, more shall be given.  Am I hearing?  Am I understanding?  Am I obeying?  That’s when I’m growing.