Jesus gave this exhortation concerning His Word in Mark 4.
"Pay attention to what you hear."
The Greek definition is to take heed. To perceive it with all your senses. To discover by use. To know by experience.
He goes on...
"With the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you. For to the one who
has, more will be given."
When the Word is taught, the amount or measure you scoop up, perceive, take heed to, is yours to keep. And... your capacity to scoop more, retain more, understand more will increase.
But, this is also true...
"From the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away."
What's Jesus saying? Use it or lose it.
Our walks with the Lord are like an un-tethered boat. It is impossible to remain in one place. Maturity in Jesus, maturity in the Word, depth of understanding, a ripening of the fruits of the Spirit, our capacity to understand the Cross, and our redemption- any kind of advance in our walks requires forward momentum.
Even the stillest water will cause drift. Without forward progress, we lose ground. The same is true in the Word.
Can I encourage you to pursue your walks afresh? Recondition those muscles! Spend some time with Jesus in the Word every day. Check in with Him frequently.