The Christian life is all about hearing and persevering.
In the Parable of the Sower (Luke 8) the good soil that produced the harvest represented those who heard, retained and persevered in God’s word.
In the following Parable of the Lamp Jesus reminds us that what we listen to we illuminate. “Be careful how you listen.” If you are listening to God’s word you will have a light to shine in the world.
After these two parables, Luke tells us that Jesus’ mother and brothers are standing outside but can’t get to Jesus because of the crowd (Luke 8:19-21). But guess what, it’s still a chance for Jesus to hammer his point home about hearing and persevering.
“My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice.”
So here’s what I’ve learnt about you, the man or woman who daily reads the Word of God, asking God to speak directly into your life that day, and then goes and lives according to his word:
- You will produce a harvest (Parable of the Sower)
- You will shine brightly in the world (Parable of the Lamp)
- Jesus regards you as immediate family (Jesus’ mother and brothers)
And here’s something else I’ve learnt:
Don’t assume that because you are in the family and feel at home at church that you are close to Jesus.
Think of Jesus’ own mother and brothers as a metaphor for this. They were family and they were absolutely precious to Jesus. Yet Jesus can’t help but take the opportunity to make the point that those who hear God’s word and put it into practice are closer to him than a physical brother who does not.
Get close to God. Expect a harvest. Shine brightly.