Ear The Object of Hearing:
Ear: the ear is the medium through which sound is transmitted to our brain. And as a result, the brain processes it and the mind creates an understanding of what the sound is. The processing and understanding of the sound will determine the action the hearer will take. The hearer immediately reacts and response to the sound according to how he understands what the sound represents.
Understanding what one hears is the key factor to hold on. What one understood may differ from what another understood hence different interpretation may arise. And different decision may be taken but the subject matter is the same. The believer must be careful not just about what he hears but also about how he processes what he hears. Jesus speaking in the book of Mark puts it this way
“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.”
This important advice from our Lord is very vital and must be accepted among all believers. The very fact that the ear is one of the gateways to the heart is enough reason to be careful about the information that is passed through it to our heart.
It’s an understandable fact that we are in the world and in the world there are many activities. And these activities revolve around the people in it and this includes believers. Jesus said these words about believers in this world.
“And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.”
The Pattern Of The World:
This is an indication that the world has its own pattern and is very different from that of Jesus Christ. And hence the declaration “I am not of this world”. The important thing to examine here is the difference and the cause of the difference.
This declaration from Jesus means that the ways of the world and His own ways are not same. This is because of the pattern of the world. The pattern therefore, is the product or output of the processing of the thoughts of the people in the world. It is important to point out that the mind can only process what it has heard. And whatever is the construing from the processing becomes the pattern. The pattern here is the reflection of the nature of the entity. I mean it gives definition to what the making of the entity is. And therefore, Jesus also said in the same book of John that
“ My kingdom is not of this world”
This meaning that His administrative pattern is not of this world. That is the way and manner He organizes things are different from the way and manner the world does theirs.
Ear The Determinant:
Yet Jesus went on to declare that “I pray not for the world” (John 17:9). Jesus said this because He has nothing to do with the world. The world here implies the ways and manner things are being conducted in the earth. Speaking concerning those that believed in Him he said these words “They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.” (John 17:15). This is a remarkable statement and it shouldn’t be ignore by any believer. This is because it is an assurance to a believer that he is not of the system of this world. And because of this Jesus prayed thus for them “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” (John 17:17).
Why Jesus prayed this prayer is because He knew that the only thing that can penetrate the ear of any believer and still keep him sanctified is the truth which He called the Word. The implication of this is that the believer should always open his ears to the word of God. And he should shut his ears to every word that emanates from the world and its system. The reason is because such words will defile him. When a believer hears the Word of God and then processes it in his heart the output is always sanctification. No wonder Apostle Paul while advising his audience in colossi declared to them thus
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”
What We Hear Forms Our Action:
Notice that the Word can only dwell in you if you listen to it always. However, we have been advised as believers to listen or hear things quickly but be slow in speaking. Though we should hear everything but we should process what we hear from the perspective of who we are in Christ. Therefore, if what we hear does not tally with who we are in Christ we should discard such and maintain our position in Christ.
I must state here this statement includes words coming from a man behind the pulpit in a Church. If we ignore this, it will cause harm to our identity in Christ. This is because we may be found speaking recklessly and such will puncture hole in our nature as believers.
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