My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Monday, October 29, 2012
“And others are the ones on whom seed was sown among the thorns; these are the ones who have heard the word,
(Mark 4:18 NASB)
but the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and
the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes
(Mark 4:19 NASB)
Thorns are rather prickly things and are a nuisance when trying to
work in the garden. Thorns appear on several occasions in the Bible.
Jesus wears a crown of thorns on his head when he is being led to his
crucifixion. Paul refers to his "thorn in the flesh," and here Jesus'
parable speaks of seeds that are sown among thorns. The only time I've
heard of thorns being a good thing is when they've been used as a
defensive barrier, but even in this instance they are strategically
placed to inflict pain. In this case the thorns are having a direct
effect on the seeds. The seeds are not growing. Jesus goes on to give a
definition of the thorns -- for they are "the worries of the world,
"the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things." What
an amazing definition of thorns. And it is these things which make the
Today much of America glued to some form of media regarding the
mega storm Sandy, or the upcoming elections. I think that these two
items could certainly be included in the "worries of the world."
However, I'm not sure that it's the big things that choke us up
spiritually, but rather the small "worries of the world" that choke us
up on a daily basis. When we do not trust in God the "worries of the
world" will loom larger and larger and will keep us from trusting in
him. We must learn to trust him in the big and little things of this
world, allowing him to teach us that we can grow with him. As long as
we hold onto the things of this world, as long as we desire to be the
ones in control, nothing will blossom.
The second thorn is huge. "The deceitfulness of riches" can drive
many people crazy. Somehow we have been fooled into believing that money
will resolve all of our problems. There are even Christians who preach
and teach about health and wealth. Is that really what God intended
for his people? His followers in the early centuries of the church were
certainly not all healthy and wealthy. All of the original apostles
were killed because of their faith except for John. Doesn't sound too
healthy to me! But these people grew spiritually and their treasures
were laid up in heaven, not here on earth. We, too, are called to lay
up eternal treasures and to not be hung up on the wealth of this world.
The wealth of this world will lead us down paths of destruction. Jesus
Finally, the last thorn is a desire "for other things." There can be
a whole list of "other" things, but I believe that anything that
distracts from what God wants for us is "other" things. They can be
good things. They can be people, or relationships, or sports, or
cultural events -- but if they distract us from God, they are "other"
things, and they will be like thorns that will choke us and keep us from
I'm afraid that a lot of seed has been falling in among the thorns.
Why? Because I think that we may have an overabundance of thorns these
days. God wants us to grow -- to thrive -- to soar with him spiritually
but the thorns of life have wrapped themselves around us and are tying
us down. Maybe we need to get out the weed killer and get rid of those
thorns so that we can be set free to grow into the people of God that he
desires for each and every single one of us.
Lord, please help me be aware of any thorns in my life that may be keeping me from growing in you. Amen.