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And He Will Have Abundance

One of the main reasons for going to church each week is to receive spiritual manna to revive and nourish our spiritual lives, and to come home with parcels of spiritual food to munch on and reflect upon throughout the week. But oftentimes, upon returning home we cannot seem to remember the many teachings we had heard that day, much less the teachings learned the week before. Why does this happen?

            For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. (Mt 13:12)

The Lord Jesus gave us the answer when He said these words. In this particular instance, Jesus had just finished telling the Parable of the Sower, and the disciples had asked Him why He spoke in parables. From His answer, we know that Jesus was in fact explaining the meaning of the parable already—that is, we need to take heed how we hear.

When we hear, we should not hear with our ears only. We should also hear with our hearts, like the good ground which hears the word, accepts it, and bears fruit (Mt 13:23). This means when we hear, we also need to apply the word. And when we apply it, we will be given more.

Applying the word of God also gives us more spiritual nourishment, strength, and insight into things pertaining to the heavenly kingdom than those who neglect to digest what they have been taught. Whoever does not have the heart to do what he hears, even what he learns will soon be forgotten, and the opportunity of blessing taken away.

Jesus only revealed the meaning of His parables to those among the multitude who stayed behind to ask Him about it. Like the good ground, they had the heart to truly understand it on a deeper level. Likewise, those who diligently seek to understand the word of God by doing what they hear will have the blessing of receiving more (Jas 1:25).

Reflection Questions

1.      What are some practical ways we can be doers of the word we hear?

2.      Have we ever experienced abundance from God when we had taken the time to digest and exercise His word?




Author: Esther Hou