20 My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. 21 Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, – Proverbs 4:20-21
The “heart” commonly refers to the mind as the centre of thinking and reason, but also includes the emotions, the will, and thus, the whole inner being. The heart is the depository of all wisdom and the source of whatever affects speech, sight, and conduct. ( John Macarthur )
“Listen” the question is, do we? I know in the last while through instruction from the Bible I listen more diligently. I can assure you I was not great before. Our pastor in Church is on a drive that we should spend time in the Word and on that basis get instruction from God. When the scripture says, listen to what I say it’s referring to the Word of God. The key to this writing is let it penetrate your heart. First penetrate – gain access to (an organization, person, place, or system), especially when this is difficult to do. In the commentary, it explains the heart. What is particularly interesting to me, it affects your conduct. It’s your conduct people can see.
In my Bible School notes, we are studying a section about gifts or talents. The Bible has much to say on the topic. Abilities must be used, even if you are still in the world. The teaching is that there is not a person in the world that does have talents, God has given everyone talents, one just needs to understand and unlock them.
The second thing I found fascinating is every person is born with a motivational drive, referred to as a supportive gift. Please remember that these talents are gifts from God. The important thing is that the teaching explains that we all can add to those gifts by working and desiring them. That is where motivation is used. To mobilize those hidden gifts, we need to desire and seek them.
What are you motivated to fill yourself with?
Obviously, the question is how? Reread the scripture.
“Lord, I pray you waken the talents we have and lend the ability to add to them. Amen.”