KEY SCRIPTURE: Mark 4:24 ” And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given”.
In our study for today we will look at the second aspect of the verse, Mark 4:24. This says, “With what measure you mete, it shall be measured back to you”.
The meaning of this statement is, you receive from the word according to your response to the word. God’s word is the same for everyone. It is how each person responds to the word that matters.
In the parable of the sower various hearts or people gave different responses. Mark 4:14-20. Some did not bear any fruit at all. Others bore some fruits but in different quantities. Mark 4:20 ” And these are they which are sown in good ground, such as hear the word and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirty fold, some sixty fold and some an hundred”.
Why did some bear more fruits than the others? The answer is, they responded differently. The Lord gave us some clues in Matthew 12:35 as to how this happens. He said, “a good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things; and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things”. He said your products or produce depends on how you treasure the word. Treasuring the word involves giving the word the attention and allowing it to fully dominate you.
One’s ability to bear fruit depends on how much he keeps the word in his heart. James 1:25 also had this to say. “But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed”. This man continuous to look at the word, keeps it in his heart, and acts on what he is looking at. Beloved getting results from God’s word is not God’s responsibility, it is our effort and commitment.
The book of proverbs 4:20-22 says the same thing “My son attend to my words, incline thine ears unto my sayings, let them not depart from thy eyes, keep them in the midst of thine heart for they are life unto those that find them and medicine to all their flesh”.
For the word to give you good results, you must work at it.
God’s word is an incorruptible seed with every ability to produce whatever it says, I give it all the needed attention and does what it says. In this way the word always produces in me whatever it says.
Joshua 1:8 “this book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shall meditate therein day and night, that thou may observe to do according to all that is written therein. Then thou shall make thy way prosperous and have good success”.
But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night. And he shall be like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper [and come to maturity].