The the act of hearing that Jesus was referring to was more than just hearing the words, it included processing what was heard. Hearing His words was intended to shape one’s perspective, so much so that God’s Word was to determine the way the hearer views all the issues of life. . .to completely reshape one’s outlook and determine his values and attitudes. Truly hearing God’s Word meant putting into practice what was heard.
How’s your hearing?
Are you hearing the words spoken on Sunday morning and living them out Monday through Saturday? How are you implementing what you hear?
When do you seek out God’s Word?
Are you reading God’s Word to hear God’s voice?
How has God’s Word reshaped your outlook towards life? towards people? towards your spouse? towards your neighbor? towards your children? towards your dreams? towards your desires?
Jesus: “. . . consider carefully how you listen.” Luke 8:18