“No one, when he has lit a lamp, covers it with a vessel or puts it under a bed, but sets it on a lampstand, that those who enter may see the light. For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light. Therefore take heed how you hear. For whoever has, to him more will be given; and whoever does not have, even what he seems to have will be taken from him.” NKJV
It is a solemn and serious privilege to hear the word of God. The church of the recent past sold its soul to simplicity in replacing sermons with talks, and in the so doing, has downgraded the Word of God to mere ideas and suggestions for the careful considerations of the unconcerned. Few were concerned, fewer still considered. The downgrading of the communicating of the word of God, from the solemnity of preaching and the cutting and digging of a sermon, is the main reason for the state we are in.
You can wake the sleeper. The non-Christian will be awoken from the dead by the preaching of God’s word. He might wake angry, but he will be awoken. The lackadaisical Zombie Christian who is having what seed he had given him, either choked or stolen from him, might also be awakened by the preaching, teaching and proclamation of God’s word. These people, like all the new recently roused, awaken into twilight. Remember, a talk can never wake people up. Dead people and sleeping people, need to be roused! This is done by loud ploughing, this is done by the deep cutting of the soil.
The dead, or those asleep, cannot be made concerned However, twilight people, the rub-eye people, can now be made concerned by the further preaching, teaching and proclamation of God’s word. I have never seen a dead person or a sleeping person show one ounce of concern. But those awakened to the twilight zone, can be made concerned by the preaching, teaching and proclamation of God’s word. This is tilling, this is the removing of rocks and stones.
Once the surface of the heartland is prepared, you can then arouse the spiritual interests of those now made concerned for their own souls and their own spiritual well-being. Here, what ground of the heart is presented, may now be sown into. The good seed can now be sown. Look now, for the presented ground which the seed is sowed into is not yours to choose, but rather, it is what is presented to you by ‘the concerned.’ Oh, for sure, as a faithful husbandman, as a faithful Pastor, you may very well continue to water the seed of God’s word and bring Sonlight to it, but the great difference between the soil of this earth and the heart of a man, is that the heart of a man now takes great responsibility for itself. The soil of the earth cannot do this, but the heart of a man can do this and is required to do this.
We can say, maybe, that the heart is land which chooses what kind of soil it is, and what kind of place the soil shall manifest itself in. Shall the soil be in a shallow place? Shall this be amongst the rock or amongst the weeds? Look now for the presenting and placing of the soil is down to the choice of the awakened and concerned. Listen now, for the awakened and concerned heartland of a man is malleable, and it is shapeable, by its own care, attention and choosing.
The Word has been preached, the dead and sleeping have been awakened into twilight, further preaching has opened up the heartland of their being and they have been made concerned for their state, and the sower sent to sow has now sewn the Divine seed of His Word into the ground presented to him and it has been further fed and watered. HOWEVER, It is now the job of the heartlands of an awaked and concerned, sewn and well-watered man to now TAKE HEED HOW THEY LISTEN!! The soil now takes full responsibility for itself, for something of inestimable value, has been given and this can be taken away or choked and diminished. Therefore, be careful how you listen, take heed how you hear. Is the Divine seed weak? NO! It is a seed, and it is the responsibility of the heartland to move it from the surface to the depths of our being. I say again, the grade of heartland soil, its depth and positioning is dependent upon how we hear the word of God. Remember that it is a solemn and serious privilege to hear the word of God. The church of the recent past sold its soul to simplicity in replacing sermons with talks, and in the so doing, has downgraded the Word of God to mere ideas and suggestions for the careful considerations of the unconcerned.
The Question this is this, “How do the awakened and concerned increase the openness, position depth and quality of their soil?” The answer is simple, by obeying that which they have already hear. Action, obedience, implementation, doing the word of God is the only thing that affects the heartland for good. Auditing the Word of God, meditating on it, memorizing it, knowing it, is all well and good but it is as useful as an ash tray on a motorbike or a chocolate fireguard if it is not applied by action. Be doers of the word and not hearers only!
‘Doing’ the word of God will bless and transform you. Then, not only will the seed both flower and fruit, but to those who have much, more will be given, for all fruit contains seeds!
The danger of NOT doing is also made clear. Even that which he has been given to him shall be taken away from him! Hard heartlands lead to barrenness, and barrenness leads to desert badlands.
It has been suggested that the root problems with the church now nearly gone, has not been its lack of orthodoxy but rather its lack of orthopraxy, this is, it’s not doing the Word. The flip side of this observation is that lack of orthopraxy will lead to heresy. Let us therefore who are alive, DO the word of God. Today, tomorrow and everyday thereafter then, walk in the light by doing the light, and so let your abundance be seen by all.
Listen: Then His mother and brothers came to Him, and could not approach Him because of the crowd. And it was told Him by some, who said, “Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see You.” But He answered and said to them, “My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it.” (Luke 8:19-21NKJV)
Pray: Father, in this matter, I have greatly failed. Lord Jesus, light of the world light of everyman that comes into the world, shine on me once again for I choose to obey and do Your word. Test me in this. God the Holy Spirit, aid me in this, empower me in this, provoke me in this, annoy me in this, cajole me in this, rightly comfort me in this my desire to do Thy will O God. Amen and let it be so.