'You’ll get out of it what you put into it.' You’ve probably heard this adage from your parents, teachers, and others. It’s not what you'd call a profound observation, but it’s true, isn’t it? It applies to school, work, exercise, relationships, and all of life. It’s just as true – and even more important – in your relationship with God. Jesus says, "Consider carefully what you hear. With the measure you use, it will be measured to you." (Mark 4:24) What measure are you using to grow your relationship with God? Are you spending personal time with God in His Word, gathering with others to hear His Word in a worship service, receiving your Savior’s pledge of forgiveness in the Lord’s Supper, and studying His Word with others? Or are you distracted by misguided priorities, laziness, and excuses? ...If you ever feel like you aren’t getting much out of your faith, could it be that you aren’t putting much into it?
Jesus adds an incredible promise as you CAREFULLY CONSIDER WHAT YOU HEAR: "Whoever has will be given more." (Mark 4:25) Through faith in Jesus Christ, the forgiveness of sins, rescue from damnation, peace with God, and eternal life in heaven are yours. Yet God gives you even MORE as you heed His Word – more understanding and appreciation and joy in these blessings. But Jesus also adds a sobering warning: "Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him." (Mark 4:25) If you think you can hold on to your faith without putting much into it, you are fooling yourself. Indifference to growing in God’s grace only leads to deafness. This is as serious as it sounds. But it’s also an expression of God’s mercy, warning you to turn you back to Him with a listening ear. And when you do, what do you find? More and more of God’s undeserved love and unfailing forgiveness! ...Please, listen carefully.
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Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
Daniel is the Staff Minister at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, El Paso TX.