The Reason for Going to Church

I won’t very often put another’s thoughts in this blog, but occasionally a passage stands out and I don’t understand it or that day’s reading just didn’t spark anything in me.  In either case I will seek thoughts elsewhere.  I have borrowed, with permission, a few times from my church’s Community Care Pastor. Today is a bit different.  Matthew 13:10-12 is one of those passages that may seem clear to most but to me it almost seems that Jesus is saying that he wants some to not understand and be changed. I know that’s not the case. So for today’s title and application I copied in total, from the contribution section of my YouVersion bible.  The author is Chaplain406. I really appreciate his explanation. I hope it blesses you too.

Scripture: The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”  He replied, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.  Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.  Matthew 13:10-12 NIV

Observation: Jesus teaches about the kingdom of heaven.

Application: “To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them.”
This is why we need to go to church regularly; to listen to the pastor that God has provided for us. We must have the desire to obtain more knowledge to grow in Him and to receive the revelations He has for us. When you lose that desire what you already knew fades away. How many people do you know who years ago were on fire for Jesus and now you never see them any more?
We must stay strong and fellowship with like minded believers. Even the world knows that when you hang around people who have more knowledge than you, you learn more and potentially gain more influence and money. How much more important is the Word of God?

Prayer: Father, thank you so much for wise followers who see and interpret your word. Thank you for giving them to us and giving them the willingness share their thoughts.  Lord, I ask that you bless their day. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen


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