21 He said to them, “Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand? 22 For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open. 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear.”
24 “Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more. 25 Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.”
I have always admired people who willingly and shamelessly talk about Jesus to non-Christians. Even if they are politely (or sometimes rudely) shut down, they dont let it stop them from sharing the good news about Jesus to the next person. It wasn’t until I read this passage that I came to understand that. “If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear.”
It kind of reminds of the story in the Bible where Abraham is rescuing his family from the judgement of God on Sodom and Gomorrah. Even though the exploits of these cities were well known and their sinfulness was so much so that God (post Flood) decided to erase them from the face of the earth, Abraham’s heart to save the cities if only he could find a few righteous people is remarkably shown here. I can see Abraham saying the same words that Jesus said, but more frantically, “IF ANYONE HAS EARS TO HEAR!? PLEASE, PLEASE LET THEM HEAR!” We know the story though, and sadly, there were no righteous people to be found in Sodom and Gomorrah and so God destroyed them both.
It was Abraham’s faith in God that was credited to him as righteousness, however, we often forget his passion for God and how he shamelessly proclaimed Yahweh as the one true God. God was so very willing to bless Abraham because of his faith, but I also believe God was so very pleased at the heart of his servant Abraham as well. Abraham was given more because with the little he had he used greatly. With what little he knew of God, he believed greatly and in turn, God blessed greatly (Josh Xiong- Worship Director).
Thoughts for the day
- How easily do you find it to share the Good News to people?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Pray for the leaders of the nations of the world. Pray for the leader of your home country by name.