We’ve talked about being hardened to the word for whatever reason; what hardens me is busyness. I am too pressed with things that I don’t even notice God’s Word being sprinkled on me.
We’ve talked about how sometimes there are rocks in our soil, causing the soil to shallow. Shallowness means no roots, no real strength for that tug we felt from God to stand up to real life and grow into something big.
Now we are going to talk about thorns/weeds.
Vs. 7 “Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain.”
Vs. 18-19 “And others are the ones sown among thorns. They are those who hear the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.”
The Message “The seed cast in the weeds represents the ones who hear the kingdom news but are overwhelmed with worries about all the things they have to do and all the things they want to get. The stress strangles what they heard, and nothing comes of it.”
I don’t know if you’ve ever had a garden or not, but the one thing that you do more than anything (except water it) is pull weeds. This is especially important when your plants are small. Now that our garden is big and strong it doesn’t leave much room for weeds to flourish, but when the plants were small it had to be weeded regularly because the plants could not handle the choking power of the weeds.
Weeds are plants too. They feed off of the same things that plants do. The problem is they are plants you don’t want/need there, but while you allow them to remain there they will steal the nutrients from the garden plants. Slowly but surely your plants’ soil will be sucked dry, and if the weeds are not pulled up the plants you want to be there will die.
In Will’s words: “Get them early and often.”
So what does this mean about the work God is trying to do in our hearts?
The best place to start is with what Jesus says: They are those who hear the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.
I have always thought of this part of the parable as the sins in our life that put a wall between us and God and stunt our spiritual growth. But Jesus takes a different approach; He points to the impostors that we fall for.
Weeds are plants, but the wrong plants. They are impostors. Weeds steal the nutrients; they suck the plants dry. According to Jesus the weeds that often suck our relationship with Him dry are believing the lies that money and possessions tell us and desiring things other than God.
As Christians we walk through a process of sanctification, becoming an ever more accurate reflection of Christ. This process requires continually submitting ourselves to what God wants to do in us. There’s nothing like the sting of conviction when you know God is asking you to pull up a weed from your life that is choking your relationship with Him, reliance on Him, and hope in Him.
We live in a world drenched with lies that if you get, achieve, or look like this and that then you have arrived. But the reality is those things are weeds, when we give our attention to them they suck dry the seeds that God has planted in us and choke them out.
You have to continually pull weeds when you are gardening. That process never stops. Similarly, we have to be pulling the weeds out of our own lives. Little, seemingly inconsequential weeds can destroy the fruitfulness of your garden before you know it. This happened when our garden was up at Will’s mom’s place last year. We weeded it regularly, but then we left for 2 weeks for our wedding and honeymoon. We came home to an overgrown jungle.
So “Get them early, and get them often.”
What lies from the world are you buying into? What are you allowing to rule your desires more than God?