Are You Hearing or Only Listening?

Saturday, June 23, 2012 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Mark 4:23 "If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear." 24 And He said to them, "Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given. 25 For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him."

Listening and hearing are not always the same thing. While listening is a function of our ear to detect sound waves that register in our brain, hearing is a function of our will to understanding what is being said. The fact is: Many people do not hear in many areas of life spiritually, vocationally and relationally.

Listening is a natural, physical ability, but hearing must be cultivated through training one’s heart and mind to grasp what is being said. According to Jesus, having "ears to hear" greatly affects our capacity to progress in life.