And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given…But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. (Matthew 13:11, 16 ESV)
When Jesus changes our hearts, he also blesses us with enhanced abilities to see and hear. Some people say that he gives us spiritual eyes and ears so that we “know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven.” And what we hear and learn from God must be put to good use. Otherwise, we just become greedy consumers of faith, always taking but never giving. We run the risk of being spiritually lazy, never to receive the fullness of life that God wants us to experience. In fact, it would be a wasted life. Can you imagine having to answer his question: What did you do with what I gave you?
When our eyes and ears are truly opened, we become more sensitive to the promptings of his Spirit. We begin to see people with lenses of patience, compassion, and empathy. Instead of seeing everyone’s shortcomings, we try to understand how far they have come. We begin to hear God say things like “Help him!” or “Pray for her.” And if we ask for opportunities to serve, God will gladly fill our day with them, perhaps blessing us with a new friend or two.
But before anyone can be of good service, he must first be rooted in Jesus. For the saint, worship and prayer are his chief duties because apart from the Lord, he can’t do anything except make a mess. After all, it is Jesus who teaches us how to live out the life he gifted us. So when we pray, let’s listen more than we speak. And then let us keep our eyes and ears open to those divine appointments. You just never know what blessings will unfold through the simplest acts of obedience.