“And He said to them, Be careful what you are hearing. The measure of thought and study you give to the truth you hear will be the measure of virtue and knowledge that comes back to you – and more besides will be given to you who hear.”
– Mark 4:24
As believers, we should be hearing the Truth every day. The responsibility – or opportunity – we have as we hear the Truth is to give it a measure of thought and study. We’re constantly doing this with other things like work, shopping, media, socializing, family, etc. All of these require a measure of our time and undivided attention to yield a desirable result, so that we can keep going forward. Shouldn’t we apply this principle for success to our time with the Word of God?
I would encourage you that as you sit in God’s presence and read the Word, let it be an experience. When a passage jumps out at you, the Holy Spirit is illuminating it for your edification and encouragement. Keep a journal, or write things down in your day planner, so that you can look upon the Truth that the Lord is speaking to you, and continue a pattern of thinking on it. We need to rehearse the Word, and keep it at our fingertips during the day, to commit it in our hearts and apply it. In your journal, write down definitions of words from the Bible to enhance its meaning. This is study! The next morning, look over and pray on what the Lord has been showing you, and continue your reading as you are led.
In a busy world where everything we do requires a measure of thought, let us put the Truth at the top of the list. Reflect on your measure of thought and study, and see if the Lord would ask for a greater measure. We are in times that require kingdom living from believers, and I for one do not want to miss an opportunity to demonstrate the Truth to this world. Let us walk in an increase of virtue and knowledge that will shine as a glory cloud to this world. Let us agree that people will encounter Jesus as they encounter us, for more and more is being given back to us from heaven as we give God and His Truth our best measure.
Your sister in Christ,