The Word did not profit them.
“The message they heard was of no value to them because those who heard did not combine it with faith.” (Hebrews 4:2)
WAIT A MINUTE. HOW is it possible for the Word of God to be “of no value” to anyone? How many times have I read my Bible reading each day, gone to work, and can’t remember almost anything that I read? How many times have I gone to church, enjoyed seeing everybody, gone home and can’t even remember the verses that the Pastor talked about?
Jesus said a very interesting thing to His disciples. “Consider carefully how you listen. Whoever HAS will be given more; whoever DOES NOT HAVE, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him.” (Luke 8:18) The word “has” means to take hold of and make that truth or instruction yours. “Does not have” means to listen to it, but not understand, or apply it to my own life. That is serious. How much do I read the Bible, or listen to the Bible, and really make it “mine” and apply it to my life? If I am careless in this area, it will not have the affect in my life that God intends.
The Hebrews verse says that the problem was that they did not combine it with faith. In Matthew 7:24-27, Jesus told about a man who built a house upon a rock, and another who built his house upon sand. Jesus said that the wise man heard Jesus’ words and “put them into practice.” The foolish man heard the words, but “did not put them into practice.” What is your habit when reading the Bible or listening in church? Do you seriously listen and honestly apply truth to your life with a commitment to obey it, or do you listen with an attitude such as, “Oh, I have heard that before”, or “I know that”. Jesus said that the latter attitude gives us NO PROFIT. That is shocking, isn’t it?
“All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)