Growth Requires Action

“Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given. For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.” Mark 4:24-25

My parents were both church school teachers. When I entered first grade I was a one of the students in my mothers classroom and she was my teacher until I completed fourth grade. From fifth through eighth grade I was a student in my fathers classroom. Somewhere in the process of working, and at times playing, my way through elementary school, one, or perhaps even both, of my parents said, “You’ll get as much out of your education as you put into it.” What they wanted us to realize was that while school was at times hard work the amount we would learn was dependent upon how much we were willing to work. I’ve learned over the years that they were right.

Jesus in our focus text is giving a similar message to his disciples only his message carries a profound twist. While it’s true that we’ll grow spiritually in proportion to the amount of effort and faith we invest into learning all we can in the school of Christ; did you notice that he said more than that in our focus text? He said, “With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

With the same measure you use. It’s not enough to merely learn. Yesterday we observed that everything has a purpose and this truth applies to knowledge as well. Knowledge has a purpose and if knowledge doesn’t translate into action Jesus says that no more knowledge will be given.

In Hebrews chapter five, the Apostle Paul laments that the people he’s writing to need someone to teach them things that they ought to by this time be teaching others. Then in verse fourteen he observes that more advanced understanding comes to those “…who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern…”

Faith is knowledge that leads to action. Scripture tells us that “without faith it’s impossible to please God.” And that “the just shall live by faith.”

To many times we leave ourselves limited and stunted, wondering where we went wrong, and why after years of going to church we’re no closer to being the child of God we ought to be than we were years ago. Could it be that the missing element is action? The action of demonstrating and sharing faithfully the knowledge we have with others?

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