“… I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” – I Timothy 3:15
The impact of a christian meeting in your life is determined by your reception of the word. Prayer was established yesterday as a means of preparing our heart for this impact. Why is this so important?
In Matthew 13, Jesus spoke about the parable of a sower. The parable is a metaphorical analogy of the varying impact of the word of God on different hearts based on different levels of receptiveness. This is why we pray!
Along side praying, practical tips include note-taking to aid remembrance, avoiding any form of distractions while the meeting is ongoing and listening to a recorded version of the teaching after the meeting.
It suffices to say that one must do whatever he can to help his heart receive the word when it comes. It is important because God would want His word to have the right impact on your heart. A day will come when you will need it.
Let’s see why. In Matthew 13, Jesus describes 4 impact of the word of God on the heart. Verses 3-9 present the parable while verses 18-23 present the analogies. We shall examine the analogies.
According to Jesus’ parable, a ‘wayside reception’ of the word is hearing the word and not understanding it. It is the same as having not attended the meeting in the first place because nothing is gained as “the wicked one comes and immediately snatches away what was sown in the hearer’s heart.” (Matthew 13:19)
A ‘stony reception’ of the word is a scenario where the word is not assimilated into one’s consciousness. The proof of this is a lack of endurance “when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word.” (Matthew 13:21).
A ‘thorny reception’ of the word is when the word is received but “the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word” making the hearer unfruitful. (Matthew 13:22)
A ‘good reception’ of the word (which should be every believer’s aim) is hearing the word and UNDERSTANDING it! This is the only way we can bear fruits based on varying levels of understanding – “some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.” (Matthew 13:23.)
We can safely conclude that all our prayers for the receptiveness of the word in our hearts is geared towards two things – Understanding and taking action on the word.
This should radicalize our understanding of Christian meetings forever! We must never joke with them.