Scripture: Mark 4:21-34
Key verses: (24-25) And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear; the measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will be given you. For to those who have, more will be given; and from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.”
Reflection: Mark 4:25 is often taken out of context and misused. Here’s a clue – it isn’t about money at all! And it isn’t about material possessions in any way. That’s why it’s important to read the entire passage and to understand this verse in its context.
Earlier in this chapter Jesus begins teaching his disciples. They were his closest friends and the “insiders” among those who followed him and tried to learn his way. In the midst of this teaching Jesus tells his disciples to pay attention. “The measure you give will be the measure you get.” More or less, with discipleship, like many other things, what you put into it will determine how much you get out of it. If you want greater faith, pay attention and put in a good measure.
The spiritual disciplines of discipleship are the tools we have to help ourselves pay attention to Christ. In this season of Lent, how are you paying attention to Christ? If you give your attention, your time and your energy, you will find yourself with even more. You will be closer to Christ as we journey together toward Easter.
Prayer: I pray, O God, that you would reveal yourself to me today. Show me where you are at work in my world. Help me to pay attention so that I hear your call and learn your way. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.
Author: Millie Snyder
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].