AUGUST 3, 2021 CAC LIVING WATER DEVOTIONAL : TOPIC – HE WHO HAS EARS (III)
LIVING WATER CAC DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
Tuesday, August 3, 2021.
HE WHO HAS EARS (III)
Read: Luke 14:34-35
Salt is good [an excellent thing], but if salt has lost its strength and has become saltless (insipid, flat), how shall its saltness be restored? It is fit neither for the land nor for the manure heap; men throw it away. He who has ears to hear, let him listen and consider and comprehend by hearing! (Luke 14:34-35)
It is the third time this statement comes to you: He who has ears, let him hear. Jesus method of teaching is to ensure that His audience understands the fundamental principles of life. What is paramount is that, people practice when they learn.
In Luke chapter 14, the people that were invited to dine at the house of a Pharisee, where Jesus was seated, were taught:
1. The value of God’s compassion over the sick than the strict adherence to the law of no-work on the Sabbath (vv.1-6);
2. The case of humble conduct in public seating (vv.7-11)
3. The blessedness of being kind-hearted to the less privileged (vv.12-24), and afterwards
4. While great multitudes followed Him, He taught the cost of true discipleship (vv.26-35).
The beauty of this chapter is seen in its conclusion, He who has ears to hear, let him hear (v.35).
The development of good listening skills is important to all part of our lives: academics, workplace, families, etc. but our skills in listening to the Word of God are of greatest importance. Going by how Jesus concluded His teaching in Luke 14 with a call to the hearing ears, 5 principle of effective listening to the WORD are of noted:
1. Take the teaching of God’s Word seriously
2. Pay attention by taking notes where necessary or buy or download the materials for your deep reflection, afterward
3. Do not be distracted in your mind, having other thoughts
4. Resist the urge to start evaluating the sermon and the speaker. Have a hearing ear to hear what God is saying to you, and not to someone else who isn’t present or attentive and finally
5. Always pray your convictions earnestly to God that they become your commitments, lest you are just a mere audience or speaker of the Word.
1. I shall not lose my saviour in God, in Jesus name.
2. My worth in life, through Jesus Christ, shall never diminish or fade away, in Jesus name.
3. Pray for Christian music ministers to be more concerned with their relationship with Christ than their ministries to people.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Job 32:4 – 34:11, Acts 26:30 – 27:19