Luke 8: 18-21
18 So take care how you listen; for whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has shall be taken away from him. And His mother and brothers came to Him, and they were unable to get to Him because of the crowd. 20 And it was reported to Him, “Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, wishing to see You. But He answered and said to them, My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it.”
‘Disciple’ means ‘learner’ and learning is not just about knowing, it is about doing. When God says, “listen” in Scripture, He is calling for action on what you hear not just acknowledging what is said. In Luke 18: 18-21, the idea of ‘compounding’ is added in – If you act on what you hear, more is given. If don’t act, you start losing what you have. Double Positive or Double Negative.
As I have shared before, the formula to complete the Great Commission reflects the nature of ‘Compound Interest’ – interest becomes principal that earns more interest. ‘Compounding Discipleship’ works the same way as Disciples make Disciples that make Disciples. Here we have ‘Compound Obedience’ – the more you do, the more you have.
Obedience is the hallmark of being in God’s family. “My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it.”