Sunday, November 28, 2010

Take Care How Your Hear!

Please read Luke 8:4-18, and Isaiah 6:9-10

I'd like to recommend a sermon I heard recently by John Piper. The sermon is on the parable of the sower as recorded in Luke 8, and is called Take Care How You Listen! Part 1.

The biggest thing that I learned from this sermon is that the parable of the sower is about hearing, and yet for some reason I'd always missed the whole point of it. It's all about how you hear!

Have a look at how many times the verb to hear is specifically used in this passage (ESV) (emphasis mine):

And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable: "A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold." As he said these things, he called out, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."

And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, he said, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that 'seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.' Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.

"No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light. For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light. Take care then how you hear, for to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away."


Do yourself a favour, and listen to this sermon; above all, taking care how you hear!

2 comments:

Terri said...

i listened to this sermon.

i love the way john piper has of pricking the hearts of many. generally speaking, and in my own opinion, i think a lot of pastors soften their sermons' to appeal to the masses. there may be very few who are pricked during any given sermon.

my pastor has used the following analogy;
if you throw a rock into a pack of dogs, the one that yelps is the one that's been hit.

john piper tends to throw a handful of rocks into the pack, and causes a lot of yelping.

this is good. it's was causes us to be challenged, grow and mature.

i like how he makes the point of telling us to ask for ears to hear. this is so important. we can carry this into other areas of our spiritual walk as well.

example;
Lord place Your love in my heart for this person. apart from You, it's not there. i need Your love.

Lord give me Your eyes to see the opportunities that are all around me this day. please don't allow me to miss a chance to be Your hands and feet.

and yes;

Lord, Your word says Your sheep will know Your voice. incline my ear to Your voice, promptings, and leading. apart from You i can do nothing. please Lord, help me to be a doer of Your word, and not a hearer only.

Bernard S. Jansen said...

Terri,

Thanks a lot for your comment. I'm glad you got something from that sermon too.

I agree with your comment that a lot of sermons are softened to appeal to the masses. I think this is dangerous ground for any preacher.

The word is a two edge sword.

I too ask for the ears and eyes that you do.