SELECTIVE HEARING IS MANKIND’S DOWNFALL
Jesus told his disciples in Luke 8:18 – Take care then how you hear, for to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away.”
The idea of having what is heard is typically understood as to possess, own, hold fast, cling to. For example, your painter just told you not to touch the paint as it is wet. What’s the first thing you are going to do?
Correct. Most likely go inspect the paint to see what your painter was talking about. What are you going to do next?
Correct. Closely examine the paint and compare to your memory what dried versus wet paint looks like. What are you going to do next?
Correct. You are going to touch the paint to test your hypothesis that it still looks wet. Hearing your painter coming you try to hide your fingerprint on the wall only to smear the paint onto two more fingers. Next you wipe your fingers on your pants only to remember it is oil based and not washable. When your painter sees you in your “state,” and asks if you touched the paint what are you going to say?
This is all started in the Garden of Eden with God giving man a command and the serpent deceiving the woman with a simple question. Gen 3:1 – “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” Paul illustrates the power of sin in Romans 7.
You are going to experience this today. You will hear someone tell you what you “ought” to do but will not do it for some reason. We pridefully revel in our selective hearing.
Selective hear of God’s word is a HUGE deal. May we hear and simply be obey until Jesus returns.
PUSH PLAY and Listen to how Jesus describes this.