Let anyone with ears to hear listen!

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Luke 8:1 Soon afterwards he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. The twelve were with him, 2 as well as some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, 3 and Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their resources.4 When a great crowd gathered and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable: 5 “A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell on the path and was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. 6 Some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered for lack of moisture. 7 Some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew with it and choked it. 8 Some fell into good soil, and when it grew, it produced a hundredfold.” As he said this, he called out, “Let anyone with ears to hear listen!” 9 Then his disciples asked him what this parable meant. 10 He said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but to others I speak in parables, so that ‘looking they may not perceive, and listening they may not understand.’

Great example here of Jesus identifying persons of peace. From the crowds some had “ears to hear” what he was teaching. Most did not, but some were drawn to the teaching in response to God’s prompting. Jesus didn’t necessarily know in advance who they were. By their response they self-identified and Jesus invited them to follow him.

Some of his persons of peace were women of means who supported his ministry and were open spiritually to him. It’s a great lesson for those of us who are leaders. God doesn’t call us to invest in everyone, but in those in whom God’s grace has gone ahead of us. When we learn to identify these particular people, our ministry grows much more fruitful. Then we’re not serving at random, but within the flow of what God is doing. Lord, give us eyes to see those to whom we are called. Amen.

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