“Whoever has ears, let them hear” (Matthew 13:9).

This saying was frequently on our Lord’s lips, and in this instance He is clearly applying it to the parable. Our Lord used this means to rivet the attention of His hearers, and a striking reappearance of the expression appears in the book of Revelation. The Christ who speaks to the seven churches from heaven repeats His old Word spoken on earth, that we might closely listen. We all have ears; therefore, we are all bound to hear. We all have the capacity of hearing in the sense of understanding and obeying the Word that Jesus speaks to us. Every man has the needs that Christ addresses and has the power of grasping, of accepting, and of living by the great Incarnate Word and His message to the world. It is criminal for a man having the capacity of grasping the great Revelation of God to turn away from that voice and pay it no heed. We shall not hear without an effort. Many of us are so preoccupied with other things that the trumpets of Sinai might blow in our ears and we would not hear them. How much easier to miss the Savior’s “Come to Me.” If we do not hear, we shall become death. If we do not hear, we shall become deaf. If we stop listening to Jesus Christ’s voice, we eventually will not hear at all. Yield to God’s Word. Treasure it in your heart. Are you reading a chapter a day?

Adapted from “In His Presence”