Read Luke 8:1-56
Natalie Grant is a contemporary Christian singer and author who has been open about her struggles with anxiety and depression. My wife, Birdie, and I listen to her music quite a bit as it is uplifting and inspiring.
So, she sang a stunning version of The Star-Spangled Banner in Indianapolis at the College Football National Championship football game between Alabama and Georgia on January 10, 2022 in front of 22.6 million people watching on TV.
“Last night was a thrill,” Grant wrote on her Facebook page. “Beyond grateful for the opportunity. The last words in my mind before singing the first note were “‘Jesus, be glorified.’”
Luke 8 is a parable, or heavenly story with an earthly message, about hearing not just a message, but THE Message. Jesus was proclaiming “the good news of the kingdom of God” (v.1) with this parable. It is interesting that Jesus is the only one who spoke in parables in the New Testament. At one point in His ministry, it was His only method of speaking to large groups of people (see Matt 13:34). Do you hear the message in Luke 8:1-15? The whole message here is that a lot of people do not hear “The Message.”
As you read through Luke 8, particularly the first 15 verses, take note of verse 8:
“Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.” When he said this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”
Are you willing to listen?
A friend recently gave me the book HALFTIME, by Bob Buford. In that book, Bob indicates that he wants to fulfill Matthew 13:8 and Luke 8:8:
Jesus talked there about the good soil, which brought forth some a hundred-fold (100X), some sixty, some thirty. As Buford explains, “My passion is to multiply all that God has given me, and in the process, give it back.” You can ask others, “Is there anything I can do to be useful to you?” By asking this question, you are giving back.
You can make it a habit.
Be the humble, selfless leader who listens to the pains and perspectives of others!
Be the message.