Whoever Has Ears…
How should we engage with the truths in God's word? What distinguishes disciples from the world is the way they respond to the Scriptures. Disciples should have a willingness to hear and accept the Word of God. In the lesson, we learn how we can better engage with the Scriptures.
1 Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge. 2 He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said: 3 “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.” 9 Then Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”
Practice The Way of Jesus:
Mark 4 begins a series of teachings of parables. These common stories are meant to surprise us an invite us to re-evaluate our lives from the ground up. This week, evaluate how the messages in these stories impact you in your day to day life. Consider how God is calling to engage with the Scriptures. Whether it’s practicing what they are teaching, trusting what they say to be true or having an expectant heart that God will use are small steps of obedience more than we can imagine.