S – “The seeds that fell among the thorns are those who hear, but as they go their way, they are choked by the worries, riches, and pleasures of this life, and their fruit does not mature.” Luke 8:14
O – The seeds – the Word of God. Some hear and believe and follow. But they are surrounded by thorns:
worries: bills, health, safety, world events, to do lists, opinions….
riches: money, possessions, taking care of possessions, buying, maintaining, shopping…
pleasures: food, drink, sleep, warmth, comfort, entertainment, devices, social media…
All of these grow up like thorn bushes and choke the word of God in our hearts.
Then the fruit – which is there, does not mature. We become stunted, stuck, immature
The mature are those with a noble and good heart who hear, cling, and persevere. They produce a crop. v. 15
A – I’ve been letting myself be choked. Choked with possessions, money, shopping, things. Pleasure, entertainment, comforts. Maintaining this body in an effort to find health and safety here on earth. These have grown up around me. I feel stunted. I feel stuck. I have been behaving immaturely. My fruit is not maturing.
I don’t want to stay here. I don’t want to let the concerns, cares, and pleasures of this world rob me of what has eternal value.
P – Jesus, help me refocus. Help me re-calibrate. Help me refresh my brain and my soul. Help me not only hear your word, but cling to it and persevere in obeying, living, and applying it. I’m so helpless on my own. I can do nothing without you Jesus. I can’t be good, loving, or kind without you. Without you, I choose the selfish way. The self-destructive way. I need you every minute, every hour, every day. Please take all that I am Jesus. Work your will in and through me by the power of your Holy Spirit. I love you Lord. I want my life to show that.
Time to push the refresh button.