What Kind of Hearer Are You?

Matthew 13:10-13 (ESV)

“Then the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.”

Parables were a common form of teaching in early Judaism. Jesus used parables to help illustrate truth in terms that were common to the people back then. However, in Matthew 13:15, we find Jesus quoting the prophet Isaiah to describe the current state of the Jewish leaders and their ability to understand His teachings.

In the Parable of the Sower and the Seed, Jesus describes four hearers who receive the good news in completely different ways. And in these four responses, we are certain to fall into one of the categories. So the question is, what kind of hearer are you?

Do we truly seek to understand God’s Word or does it stay in a state of commonplace with no discernment forthcoming? Do we grow through our reading or do we read the Bible just to check off a daily activity?

Where is our foundation? Is it in the world or in His Word?

Let us resolve to belong to the group whose seed falls on good soil. This group not only hears the Word but understands it. God’s Word abides in them and Him in them (John 15:5). And when this happens, the Fruit of the Spirit blossoms.

Our relationship with God is such that our good works are a part of us, and our desire is to do these works solely for His glory. This is proof of a heart transformed.

When we are the good soil we will earnestly pursue Jesus with every fiber of our being. We seek Him on an emotional level as well as on a cerebral level. We seek Him in all humility, open to the transforming power of the Holy Spirit in complete surrender to His will.

So the question remains, what kind of hearer are you?