Spiritual Receptivity… “Then Jesus said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Mark 4:9
Spiritual receptivity is born out of your attitude and validated by your actions. Actions can be an indicator but not an initiator of openness to the Almighty’s agenda. Have you ever grown weary working for the Lord, struggling to have a patient attitude? Yes, we all do from time to time, but it’s a patient and grateful attitude that hears Christ communicate the most clearly. Gratitude for His grace, love and forgiveness leads to hearing His voice.
His word lodges alive and eventually bears fruit when the ears of your heart humbly listen to the Lord with an attitude of obedience. Jesus explained the results of a spiritually receptive heart, hearing and understanding His word, thus finding faith and healing. Indeed, the comprehension of His ways are not limited to a select few “professional Christians”. In fact, their ministry vocation can become a stumbling block to belief.
“For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them. ‘But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it” (Matthew 13:15-17).
Spiritual receptivity means I submit to the Holy Spirit’s prodding to preempt my pride. Instead of reacting to raw data, I wait and process with prayer so I am able to gain God’s perspective and not be rushed by the world’s way of doing things. Spiritual receptivity sees the face of God and hears the heart of heaven. Do I hear with a heart toward hearing from heaven? Is my heart humbled to hear from the Holy Spirit? “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it” (Isaiah 30:21).
What did I learn from the Lord in today’s Bible reading?
How will I respond?
October 18, 2021
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