Luke 8:18 Take heed therefore HOW ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.
Jesus gave a parable on the sower sowing a seed which is the Word of God and it producing fruit in our lives in Matthew 13, Mark 4, and Luke 8. He emphasized the importance of hearing exhorting us to, “Take heed WHAT you hear … Mark 4:24,” and to “Take heed HOW you hear… Luke 8:18.” What we hear has to do with the content and it should be God’s Word. The Word must become first place in our life and final authority (John 1:1, 14). How we hear speaks of the manner in which we hear the Word of God including our attitude in hearing or receiving the Word. It is possible to hear the Word of God in a wrong manner or wrong attitude such as:
Skeptically – Inclined to question truth (it is a way of thinking that believes that the truth of all knowledge must always be in question and doubted).
Cynically – Inclined to question the motives, sincerity and goodness of the person.
Critically – Inclined to find fault, short comings, or defects in the message or messenger.
Our attitude in receiving the Word is just as important as the anointing to preach it. Proper hearing of the Word of God produces or yields fruit in different percentages as Jesus said: some thirty-fold, some sixty-fold, and some a hundred-fold. We can INCREASE OUR YIELD BY HOW WE HEAR. To be good ground and bring forth fruit (Mark 4:20) we need to HEAR and RECEIVE the Word of God:
1. AS IT IS IN TRUTH, THE WORD OF GOD NOT MEN (1 Thessalonians 2:13).
“For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.”
2. WITH ALL READINESS OF MIND (Acts 17:11).
“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”
3. WITH MEEKNESS (James 1:21).
“Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.”
4. SPIRITUALLY NOT NATURALLY (1 Corinthians 2:12-14).
“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
5. MIXED WITH FAITH (Hebrews 4:1, 2).
“Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. 2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.”
6. IN AN HONEST AND GOOD HEART (Luke 8:15).
“But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.”