Title: Warning: Understanding & Obedience is Contagious
Text: Luke 8:16-25
“No one lights a lamp and then covers it with a washtub or shoves it under the bed. No, you set it up on a lamp stand so those who enter the room can see their way.
“We’re not keeping secrets; we’re telling them. We’re not hiding things; we’re bringing everything out into the open. So be careful that you don’t become misers of what you hear.
“Generosity begets generosity. Stinginess impoverishes.”
(Shortly after saying this) His mother and brothers showed up but couldn’t get through to him because of the crowd.
He was given the message, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside wanting to see you.”
He replied, “My mother and brothers are the ones who hear and do God’s Word. Obedience is thicker than blood.”
One day (shortly afterwards) he and his disciples got in a boat.
“Let’s cross the lake,” he said.
And off they went. It was smooth sailing, and he fell asleep.
A terrific storm came up suddenly on the lake. Water poured in, and they were about to capsize.
They woke Jesus: “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”
Getting to his feet, he told the wind, “Silence!” and the waves, “Quiet down!”
They did it. The lake became smooth as glass.
Then he said to his disciples, “Why can’t you trust me?”
They were in absolute awe, staggered and stammering, “Who is this, anyway? He calls out to the winds and sea, and they do what he tells them!”
Truth: Understanding and obedience comes from finding value in what you hear. Jesus clearly teaches us there is great value in not just knowing what He teaches but in living it out by your words and actions seen by others. Understanding and obedience is highly contagious!
Thoughts: In this passage from Luke’s Gospel account, Jesus ties in three ways of revealing the value of listening and then applying what you hear as your act of obedience.
First, Jesus says plainly whatever you hear from someone that is of importance and value to your life, you should not hide the truths, but let them be reflected in your life – so others can see too. Truth should be shared! Money, even gold and silver, has no value unless it is used. How will you know the value of something unless you reveal it before others? Truth from God has greater value than all the gold and silver and money this world can ever offer you.
Second, Jesus plainly says unless you listen and obey His truths how can you be a part of His family as you claim to be? The same is true with listening and obeying your own parents? If you never listen and obey what they tell you, what are you really saying to your parents? If you love your mother and father, you will listen and obey them. God said plainly to His family of believers, if you love me, you will obey Me! Are you a good listener? Do you want to please your parents? What about Jesus?
Third, Jesus uses a famous story about when He took the disciples out onto the lake and He went to sleep on the boat, but a great storm came upon them. Winds tossed the boat, waves crashed over the sides of the boat, and the rain and lightning scared the disciples. They ran to wake Jesus afraid for their lives. Jesus got up and with simple words caused the wind, rain and waves to stop! The disciples were amazed that the wind, rain and waves obeyed Jesus better than they did. Jesus was sad because He asked them, “Don’t you trust me?”
If you value what you hear, learn to trust it. There will be storms that come up in your life to test whether you listened and believed what you heard from God. The same is true of your parents: If you trust what they tell you, then obey what they tell you. Like Jesus, your parents love you too and will not let the storms of life hurt you either.
Finally, remember how you listen and understand what you hear should be seen by others. Understanding and Obedience of truth is worth sharing with others. If you trust Jesus, in the next storm you will not wake Jesus but crawl up next to him and sleep in peace like Him.