The Bible talks a lot about understanding. Unfortunately we live in a society that runs from it, because with understanding, comes responsibility. Once I understand something, I’m responsible to walk in it.
The Jewish people were much the same as our world when it came to the ministry of Christ. Because they rejected understanding, they lost out on a blessing.
For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.
The fact is that understanding takes place in the heart. The Greek word for understanding literally means to put together. It’s in the heart that I begin to put together all the things that I’ve seen and experienced.
But that takes thought and meditation on your life. Most people don’t want to do that. They would rather just have a quick explanation about why things are the way they are.
“If I just had more money, I’d be happy.”
“If my parents had loved me more, my life would have turned out better.”
Understanding makes us responsible for our choices and responses. That’s why it seems so hard to win the lost to Christ in our generation.
What happens if I try to plant the seed of the Gospel in a heart with no understanding?
When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path.
Without understanding, Satan can snatch the seed right out of your heart. The one receiving the Gospel must put it together with their whole life experience without Christ. That’s why in this society, with the Word of God everywhere, many are rejecting the Gospel.
Our generation is taught to not understand.
“If it feels good, do it.”
Understanding protects the Gospel seed. This should help us to minister in this society. For instance, if someone says they’re an atheist, don’t just tell them what the Bible says. They don’t want to understand it, so it will have no effect.
Instead, tell them, “I’m going to pray that God will make Himself real to you. When He does, I’ll be there to talk to you about it.” Then as you go through your day, continue in prayer for them. This gives the Holy Spirit a chance to work on them.
As the Spirit of God starts to bring light into their experience, they’ll come to a point of decision. Then it’s up to them whether they want to walk in their new found understanding. That’s always the first step to God – choosing understanding.
Of course it doesn’t stop when we accept Christ as our Lord. We must continue in it our whole lives. It’s the basis for all we do in the Lord.
Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
Question: How did understanding play a key role in your salvation experience?
© Nick Zaccardi 2014