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Posted on Friday, August 2, 2013 at 3:32 pm

milton-stanley-column byline“He who has ears, let him hear.” Jesus said it over and over. Why do some people accept the good news while others don’t? According to Jesus, it’s whether or not we have ears. He wasn’t talking about the flaps on the sides of our heads, but about ears of faith. But why do some people have faith ears while others don’t?

Having ears for the Word is like having an ear for music. To an extent, it’s something we develop through practice. If we put off sinful habits and submit ourselves to the Word of God, we’ll develop better spiritual hearing (Rom. 12:1-2).

But just as an ear for music is also a gift, so are ears of faith. Jesus said some folks couldn’t hear his words because they didn’t belong to God (John 8:43-47). Faith itself is a gift (1 Cor. 12:9; Eph. 2:8). Without it no one can expect to hear God. But why would God give some better ears than others? That’s one of the truths God has not revealed to us. But let’s remember this: if God has given us ears, we ought to stand in awe of the One who has, in the mystery of his grace, given us the gift of hearing.


From the upcoming book, Think Again!, copyright 2007, 2013, A. Milton Stanley