"Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have."
This is amazingly interesting. Take heed how ye hear... :) Wow. To me, this whole thing seems to be warning us of the difference between reality and our dream lives. :) We invent these lives where rationalization is okay, where being a little bit bad is fine... and on that shaky foundation we continue to build. At the end of the verse it says "that which he seemeth to have" and isn't that what we end up at when we try to live in a false dream? We end up with all these great things that don't exist. Imaginary accomplishments, imaginary friends... imaginary purpose for our lives. It's the reality that God cares about... and if we get even a little of the "real" in our lives, then it will be added to and reinforced in our lives... like the story of the olive trees. Where God goes around and strengthens and helps the natural branches and plucks off the wild ones. If we can find that spirit and power within us, then we're in touch with what is real and we won't be pruned away. ... We just have to take heed how we listen. So that we're listening to God and not our own desires. So that we're following God's instructions and not Satan's deceptions. Today, let's find some reality to hold on to, and to build upon.