马太福音 13:18-19 “所以，你们当听这撒种的比喻。 凡听见天国道理不明白的，那恶者就来，把所撒在他心里的夺了去；这就是撒在路旁的了。
第一种，是撒在路旁的种子。它不能生根，因为它是落在坚硬的地面上。有多少次你读了圣经，或去了教会，却没有真正把神的道听进去呢? 你听了上帝的话语，你的想法总是关注在现实物质生活层面，导致神的道常常不能引导你的生活。你真的把神的道放在你的心上了吗?你有没有问过自己这样的问题: “在这一段经文中，上帝今天要对我说什么呢? ”我如何把它应用在我的生活中?”
Matthew 13: 18-19: 18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path.
Jesus gives four different types of “listeners” when it comes to hearing God’s Word. We could also use these types to examine how we are listening to the Word of God. In my sinful nature, I sometimes show all three of the examples of not listening to God’s Word carefully.
The first is the seed sown on the path. It never takes root because it falls on hard ground. How many times have you read your Bible, or gone to church, and failed to really listen? You heard the words. Your mind may have absorbed the facts, and often you even failed on that level. But did you really take the Word to heart? Did you ask yourself the questions, “What does this portion of god say to me today? How does it apply to my life?”
I remember my grandmother, who came to live with us, taking out her hymnal on Saturday night and reading the lessons and collects and prayers for the next day. I asked her why she did that, and she said, “Because I don’t hear as well as I used to, and I don’t want to miss a single word that the Lord has to say to me.”
One way to avoid reading and not really listening is to keep a simple journal as you read and write down a few thoughts on what you read that day. Listen all the way through and you will be blessed!
Prayer: Dear Jesus, open not only my ears to listen to your word, but my heart and my mind as well! Teach me to listen for more than information so that I can apply your wonderful truths, and especially your gospel promises, to my life. I ask this in your name. Amen.