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

Monday, March 7, 2016

"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 NLT
Illustration of Mark 4:23-24 NLT — "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.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 7:16-17
  • Matthew 7:21
  • 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.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.