Guard Your Heart: Mark 4:24-25
“24) And He was saying to them, “Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure it will be measured to you; and more will be given you besides. 25) For whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.”” Mark‬ ‭4‬:‭24‬-25
Take care what you listen to, what you plant in your mind and soul comes out in the garden of your life. If you let random seeds get blown into your mind by the things you carelessly watch and listen to, your soul will soon resemble a tangled bed of weeds. The end result will be mental and moral confusion. Your heart will be messed up!
By your standards and ethics it will be measured to you. If you sow lies and dishonesty you will reap the same. If you steal and cheat, others will steal from you. But if you live by truth and integrity, others will soon begin to respect and honor you. That’s called “influence!”
The person who has, more will often be given to him. When you learn to manage and maintain little things, you will soon be entrusted with bigger things. Diligence and faithfulness are rewarded. They point to honorable character.
But those who are slothful, careless and negligent loose the few things they have. Through neglect and lack of maintenance things quickly wear out, deteriorate or shrivel up and die. Your surroundings say a lot about your character.
The above two verses sound more like Proverbs of wisdom than parables of mystery. It is easy observe that the book of Proverbs was well planted in the heart and mind of Jesus. He practiced what He preached. He guarded His own heart with all diligence.
In these two verses, Jesus was still focused on the Law of the Sower. It says; “What you sow… you will reap.” This is called “practical application.” If you want your circumstances to change, pay closer attention to the seed being sown in your heart, soul and mind. They will come out in your life!
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global