Pay Attention to How You Hear.

Series: Dirt | Week 4: Whole-Hearted

Day Two Luke 8:16-18

16 “No one lights a lamp and then covers it with a bowl or hides it under a bed. A lamp is placed on a stand, where its light can be seen by all who enter the house. 17 For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all. 18 So pay attention to how you hear. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what they think they understand will be taken away from them.” Luke 8:16-18 (NLT)

1. What does Jesus say people naturally do with a lamp?
2. What does Jesus say about people who listen or do not listen to His teachings?
3. What do we gain when we actively work to hear God’s Word?

In Luke 8:10, Jesus told His close friends that they had been given understanding concerning the mysteries of the Kingdom of God. Immediately after, He shares another parable with them about how lamps were used to illuminate and give clarity and vision to one’s surroundings. Likewise, the teachings of Jesus give us understanding about the reality of our physical and spiritual surroundings. When we understand that, we have the privilege as followers of Christ of gaining more understanding and, thereby, growing in spiritual maturity. Spend some time praying for the Spirit to enable you to grow in your knowledge and understanding of Scripture and who God is: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then, pray about who God might give you the opportunity to lead to that same light.

For Further Reading: The God Who Finds Us

For Families with Kids at Home
As you pray for the Spirit to enable you to grow in your knowledge and understanding of Scripture and who God is, pray the same for your children. As you learn new things about God and who he is, share it with your children! They learn just as much (if not more) by watching you grow in your relationship with Jesus than anything else. 

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