And others (seed) fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up (with it) and choked them out (and it yielded no crop).
And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word and (as they go on their way), the worry of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches (and the desires for other things) choke the word, (they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life,) and it becomes unfruitful (bring no fruit to maturity). (From: Matthew 13:7,22, Mark 4:7,18, Luke 8:7,14 NASB – see comments below)
You know what – I would just as soon have my thorns, thank you very much.
I think this is the way we think about our thorns. Everyone likes a good thorn.
Of course I am joking, a little.
- The worries of the world
- The deceitfulness of riches
- The desire for other things
- The pleasures of this life
They cycle through my life, distracting me and making me unfruitful.
When I take my eyes off Christ, and begin to focus on some get rich quick (or slow) scheme, or the acquisition of my next toy, or just how I am going to get through the next 3 weeks of my life, the fruit I have been cultivating, sometimes for years, withers on the vine.
I want to take this opportunity to tell you that riches lie! This one has gotten me more times than I would like to admit. Somehow riches know just how to convince me that they are looking out for me. [Tweet This] If I'll take care of them, they'll take care of the rest.
Riches – Pleasures – Worries – Stuff – none of them can save you, but they want you to think they are on your side.
Today I want to say beware! Don’t let that which is holy, and wonderful in your life wither or rot on the vine.
Hope that helps
* The 3 passages have been interwoven using colors to show which passage each word originates from. I have not added anything, just pulled from the NASB in each case. Red text is from Matthew, green from Mark and blue from Luke.