What Jesus Did! 'More for the Listener' — Mark 4:23-24

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"You people that hear me, listen! Think carefully about the things you hear. The way you give is the way God will give to you. But God will give you more than you give."
— Mark 4:23-24
Illustration of Mark 4:23-24 — "You people that hear me, listen! Think carefully about the things you hear. The way you give is the way God will give to you. But God will give you more than you give."

Key Thought

If yesterday's message (We will one day be able to understand all the truth about the Kingdom.) was intended to comfort us, today's message is meant to motivate us. We must earnestly, attentively, pursue the truth of Jesus. The only way to do this is by paying attention to what he says! That means re-acquainting ourselves with the Gospels and focusing on his words. Only as we apply ourselves to listening to our Master will we be able to grow in our ability to perceive, to understand, and to know the full will of our Savior. The old RCA Victor logo had a picture of a dog listening attentively to the "speaker" of a gramophone with the title "His Master's Voice." Jesus is saying to us that we must have our ear to Scripture and listen for our Master's voice!

Today's Prayer

Father in heaven, help me as I try to be more disciplined and attentive to the words of your Son and my Savior. I want to know Jesus' truth by studying his life and words, understanding them, and putting them into practice. Mold me and make me more into a person like my Lord as I listen for his voice. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Then Jesus said to them, "Do you take a lamp and hide it under a bowl or under a bed? No! You put the lamp on a lamp table. Everything that is hidden will be made clear. Every secret thing will be made known. You people that hear me, listen! "Think carefully about the things you hear. The way you give is the way God will give to you. But God will give you more than you give. The person that has {something} will receive more. But the person that does not have {much} will lose even the little amount he has."

Mark 4:21-25

Related Scripture Readings

Jesus answered, "The things I teach are not my own. My teaching comes from him (God) who sent me. If a person wants to do what God wants, then that person will know that my teaching comes from God. That person will know that this teaching is not my own.

John 7:16-17

"Not every person that says that I am his Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven. The only people that will enter the kingdom of heaven are those people that do the things that my Father in heaven wants.

Matthew 7:21

So Jesus said to the Jews that believed in him, "If you continue to obey my teaching, then you are truly my followers. Then you will know the truth. And the truth will make you free."

John 8:31-32

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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