23. If any man has ears to hear, let him be listening, and perceive and comprehend.
24. And He said to them, Be careful what you are hearing. The measure of thought and study you give to the truth you hear will be the measure of virtue and knowledge that comes back to you, and more besides will be given to you who hear.
25. For to him who has will more be given, and from him who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away. Amp.
Truth -d) conformity with fact, reality, correctness, an established or verified fact.
Virtue -d) general moral excellence, goodness of character.
Jesus spoke these words after He taught about the parable of the sower. He kept saying to them, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” This is about our spiritual ears and what we feed upon in our soul. When we hear preaching, there are some things that go right in one ear and out the other. We are not to do that with the truth we hear. We are accountable.
We must nurture the truth as it is a special gift given from above as it is. There are some things that convict us and show us where we need change. If we let it slide and let it go without any action on our part, we could lose more than we think.
Also, when we receive a new revelation, He is telling us that the measure of thought and study you give to that revelation you have been given will come back to you in virtue and knowledge. So, reading and studying the Word of God is not only for our mind but is a reaping of virtue in our soul and more knowledge besides.
When we do not regard the truth, we have been given we can lose the understanding and memory of it and what we have gained in the past. The Word of God is alive. There is Life in the words. It is Jesus. So, He does not give it with no strings attached. We are accountable to share it and give to others the food they need to grow spiritually. If we receive it and keep it to ourselves, we will eventually lose it.