I have really been enjoying spending time in the gospels and learning from what Jesus has to teach us. There is something very special about spending time focusing on the words of our Savior and looking at how He lived His life and His interactions with others. While reading two nights ago I came across these words in Mark chapter 4:
23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him listen.” 24 And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear. By the measure you use, it will be measured to you — and more will be added to you. 25 For whoever has, more will be given to him, and whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.”
I love how Jesus starts this section. He is pretty much saying, “Listen up! This is important!” These verses follow His parable of the sower and the different ways in which people will receive His message.
And here Jesus says that we must pay attention to what He has to say because our attitude in regard to how we receive His Word determines how much more we will then receive. Hans F. Bayer writes the following on the word “measure” in the ESV Study Bible:
“Measure refers to the attitude with which the word of Jesus is being received… If the hearer embraces Jesus’ message of the kingdom in a rich and powerful way, then still more will be added to you – that is, God will take up residence in that heart and give increased understanding and blessing, both in this age and in the age to come.”
What I get from this text and commentary is the more we take Jesus’ Words seriously the more we will get from our relationship with Him. There are some of us who have a little more time on our hands at the moment. So why don’t we spend some time searching what Jesus has to say to us, pay attention to it while applying it, and receive all the more from our incredible Savior? More of Jesus is definitely something we can all benefit from.