The seeds that fell among the thorns represent those who hear the message, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares and riches and pleasures of this life. And so they never grow into maturity.
Luke 8:14 (NLT)
Jesus told the parable about the farmer that planted some seed. Some of the seed fell on the footpath and the birds came and ate it. This represented Satan who comes and distracts and discourages us with doubts right from the start, stealing the seed that was planted. Some seed landed on stone. It sprouted fast because of the warmth and some moisture trapped in the rocks. Everything seemed right until the roots tried to grow. They couldn’t because the rocks were in the way. The rocks represented temptations that keep us from following Jesus. Perhaps the illustration that is most prevalent for us today is found in today’s verse. This is the seed that was cast into the weeds and thorns. The weeds represent the cares, riches and pleasures of this life that come and choke out our spiritual growth. How is the seed that was planted in your heart? Is it being nourished and cared for through prayer, the scriptures and a personal relationship with Christ? Today, examine your spiritual life. Get rid of anything that is impeding your growth and let the seed grow in the deep rich soil of your heart.
Father, forgive me for letting doubts, distractions, temptations and cares for this world impede my spiritual growth. Today I rededicate myself to You and open my heart to receive deep spiritual growth. In Jesus’ name.
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