马太福音 13:22 撒在荆棘里的，就是人听了道，后来有世上的思虑、钱财的迷惑把道挤住了，不能结实。
Matthew 13:22:22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but ess of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful.
If you’ve ever planted a garden, you know how quickly weeds can spring up and crowd out the good plants which you have planted. Small carrot seeds are overwhelmed by quack grass and thistles. Jesus uses that picture to demonstrate how the Word of God can come into a person’s heart only to have faith quickly overwhelmed “by the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth.”
I see children growing up today with such busy sports schedules that you wonder if they have a real life outside of sports. It becomes their obsession. Or maybe it is really their parents’ obsession. And if you don’t make the team? If you never get recruited by a good college? If that has become the thing that you think about the most, then Satan has set you up for despair.
Or it may be an adult who makes his or her business the most important thing in life. The laptop comes out after dinner to answer some emails or read some reports to get ahead of tomorrow’s work. Long hours at the office leaves a person drained and almost brain dead by the end of the day. There is not enough room in a person’s heart for faith in Jesus and love for the wealth of this world.
And Jesus calls it the “deceitfulness” of wealth. Whether it is climbing the company ladder or being successful in your sport, the underlying lie is that if you make it to the top, you will be happy. Except, when you get to the top, the only direction is down. Only Jesus can offer us a hope and a future through faith in him.
If a simple life gives me more time with my Savior, then that’s the life for me. I find that it’s something I have to remind myself constantly. Look at your schedule for this week. Where can you simplify and leave more room for Jesus and his Word?
Prayer: Dear Jesus, I pray that the focus of my life will begin and end with you! Life is better when I leave the cares and worries of this world behind and find my joy and strength in you. When my life becomes too crowded for you, then help me to say “no” to the worries of this world instead of saying “no” to you. I ask this in your name. Amen.