"But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown." - Matthew 13:23
Have you ever walked through the grocery store and been aware of various announcements? Do you really listen? They may be alerting someone that their deli order is ready or it may be a "today only" special. Then again it could be an announcement that YOUR car is on fire. In the midst of your focused shopping spree, what you HEAR determines what you do.
Every believer can do great things for the kingdom of God. Some believers respond to the Word of God with incredible drive and accomplish a hundred-fold and others sixty or thirty-fold. No matter how busy with work, family and personal interests, followers of Christ are expected to be productive. But, it all begins with the listening heart... what you HEAR determines what you do.
The issue isn't just how much of the Bible you read daily or how often you sit under the preaching and teaching of your Pastor. It all boils down to how well you listen. There's quite a difference between the "today only" special and YOUR car is on fire. God speaks to us every day and what we HEAR determines what we do!