The seed that fell among the thorns

Last updated on April 20, 2021


“As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.” (Matthew 13:22)

A third category of Jesus’ hearers is compared to seed that was sown among thorns. Initially, these seeds seemed to grow well. But then the thorns grew up and choked them. The little plants did not receive enough sunlight anymore, and could not develop further. They never reached the point of producing grain — which, of course, was the whole purpose.

If we seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, the Lord will provide for us (Matthew 6:33). But for many people, money and “the cares of the world” come first. These take so much time and attention that their relationship with God drops into oblivion. Their faith is “choked” and does not produce fruit.

1 Timothy 6:10 warns about this: “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”

It is so important to keep our focus on God’s kingdom and on the spiritual riches He offers us. He promises “an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith” (1 Peter 1:4-5). No earthly wealth can ever surpass these riches!

Is there something in your life that is “choking the Word”?

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