How many times have we taken the time to speak to people and express the way we feel in detail so that they understand and grasp the information the way in which we intended. Only to be cut off, looked at with a dull and unexcited face, or simply rushed to the point.
Words can’t explain how much we just want to shut down or have a pillow fight. It makes us really reconsider who we choose to share with and when, with the added notion that not everyone is worthy of hearing what we have to say if they can’t appreciate it the way in which we tell it.
I have great news… We’re not alone…
Jesus told Parables too….lol
The word says “Whoever has ears, let them hear” Matthew 11:15 NIV. Key word, whoever. This scripture means, whoever is willing to receive and accept it, will.
Jesus compared this generation of people to stubborn children. They won’t dance just because you play music, and they won’t mourn just because you sing sad songs. They will always have something to say, whether you come empty or full. However, there is a silver lining; because despite how you appear and what you say, it is your deeds that prove you as wise. (Matthew 11:16-19)
Some of Jesus’ parables fell on deaf ears. Which means what he said was not received or accepted. And that’s why he told parables, because only those who genuinely receive and accept him into their heart would be given even more knowledge in abundance to understand the secrets of the kingdom of heaven and whoever didn’t receive Jesus, he took away whatever little understanding they had (Matt 13:11-12). Jesus said, “In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: ” You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving…”” Matt 13:14 NIV.
There are so many people who follow the Lord because of who he is without fully receiving him into their hearts. Some just stick around for the hope of blessings and healing. There are people who go to church all the time, they sing the songs, ‘Amen’ certain points of the message but at the end of the day, the spirit of God only hovered around them but did not find a home in their hearts. How do we know? Because of the fruit of the spirit or the lack thereof which is evident through their ways. Even when they read the bible or quote scriptures as a defense, it is evident that they don’t understand it and that they really don’t know the God in which they serve. I would have said the God in which they follow, but how can you follow a God who is obviously not leading you.
Now think of this… on the flip side. How many times have we been spoken to ‘straight to the point’, abruptly, sternly, without a waiver and really didn’t grasp the fullness of it until days, months, or years later? Especially as children, there are things adults said to us that we didn’t even understand until we were grown… Weren’t we glad that we heard it no matter when we actually came to understand it? 😁
That’s the difference between us and our Lord… While we would pick and choose how and who we share with based on who we feel is worthy to reciprocate the information, Jesus did not. He spoke to everyone; priests, children, adults, large crowds. They all heard the same exact message, but only the ones who had ears (accepted him into their hearts) heard (understood) him, believed in him and followed him. But those who didn’t hear him, though they didn’t understand it, they sure talked about it, and believe it or not, even in negative speaking, it remained with them and they helped spread the word too.
The word says, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand” John 10:27-28 KJV. God is an eternal God which means that his word lives on forever, so when he says my sheep hear my voice, it doesn’t mean that he goes about calling you day and night, it means that when he called you the one time, you will hear that call until you come to the place he wants you to be and you will continue to hear his voice forever more.
I’m so happy that the word is available to everyone. For many it who don’t understand, it won’t mean anything, but for those who will eventually come to God, that word will eventually take root, no matter how long ago they heard it. It’s like a seed that is planted in dry ground that just has to wait to be watered to spring forth roots and dig in and press out. Whether it takes minutes, hours, days or years. That’s the value of ‘Whoever hears…’.
Who’s worthy to receive? We all are. He died for all sin and all mankind.
The real question is ‘Who has ears’?