He said to them: Is a lamp brought in to be put under a basket, or under a bed, and not on a stand? For nothing is hidden except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret except to come to light. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear. He said to them: Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you (Mark 4:20-24). Understanding the Parables: When He was alone, those around Him with the twelve asked him about the parables. And He said to them: To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables, so that they may indeed see but not perceive, and may indeed hear but not understand, lest they should turn and be forgiven. And He said to them: Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? (Mark 4:10-12) Jesus told His disciples that if they did not understand this parable, they were not able to understand the others. What significant has the parable He wanted then to understand, that to do so, they would understand all the others? They needed to pay attention on what He told them.
When you listen to the teaching of Jesus, you need to be spiritually minded, because what He taught was not earthly. Some of them did not perceive His teaching because they thought He was from earth and teaching earthly things. That is why Nicodemus ask Him “How can one be born again?”He could not understand how a man can enter his mother’s womb and be born so he ask Jesus to explain it to him. Pay careful attention to the teaching of Jesus and be prepared to obey its instructions.
It is of now value if you hear what he say, go about your business and ignore it. You will only become a hearer and not a dower of what He said. Take the instruction you receive from His teaching and use it as a standard by which you live. After you have heard, understand, and obey the things Jesus teaches, share it with the people you associate with, so they can see by the way you conduct your life, you are one of those who pays attention to what you hear from God. God bless you.