“He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choked the word and he became unfruitful. Matt 13:22.
On one occasion, Jesus was speaking to the multitudes and gave them a parable, often referred to as the parable of the Sower. In this parable the sower (preacher) went out and sowed his seeds (preached the word). Some of the seeds fell on the wayside, and were quickly eaten up. Others fell on the stony places, some on the thorny soil while others on the good ground.
Of interest to me is the seeds that fell among thorns. According to the master, they were those who heard the word and allowed the word to germinate and grew in them. However, because there were thorn all around them, the thorns quickly deprived them of nutrients, choked them and the word became unfruitful and died in them. All the efforts from the hearing, the nurturing, and the growing of the word in them became useless and wasted.
Jesus went ahead to explain that the thorns represents the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches. These are the worries, anxieties, distractions and the cares of this life, together with the concerns and deceitfulness of riches.
We live in a world that is full of uncertainties, where today is under threat and tomorrow is not guaranteed. There are multiplied causes of fear and anxieties that the average person can live in fear and worries paralysing the word of God in their lives. It causes you to be preoccupied with these issues that you lose sight of the greatness of God and his provisions here on earth.
Another form of thorns is the deceitfulness of riches. The pursuit of riches has taken a central position in the lives of many that the word is choked out and becomes unfruitful. When a man becomes preoccupied with getting rich, and to accommodate wealth beyond proportion, the word of God is given a second place and eventually will die.
Beloved, let us not be carried away with the care and worries of this life, the deceitfulness of riches, the pursuit of money and materialism to allow the word of God become unfruitful in us. They are all a ploy by the enemy to distract us from God. What shall a man profit if he gains the whole world and lose his soul?
Let us put our trust and future in the hands of God and he will see us through. “Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your request be made known unto God” Phil 4:6. “Casting all your cares upon him, for he careth for you” 1 Pet 5:7
God bless you.