In our last post, we talked about the heart that Jesus described as having "thorns" -
Luke 8:14-15 "And the seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life.
When the heart is clogged with thorns and weeds, it can not produce a crop. Consider these thorns that keep us from growing in God.
The thorn of Worry. Everybody worries. Christians, however, don’t call them worries, because they know the bible says not to. We call them concerns. But what ever you call it, Jesus said it would keep you life from bearing fruit, choke out of your life the blessing an abundance that He want you to have.
1 Peter 5:6-8 "Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you."
The thorn of Riches. Now this does not mean that God will not provide abundantly for you. It just means they did not love the money. I know lots of people who don’t have money, but they still love it. And the money they love belongs to someone else! They envy over the person that lives in a nicer house, has better car, newer clothes.
1 Timothy 6:10 "For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. "
The thorn of Pleasures. The Gospel of Mark calls it the “desire for other things.” God lists many things that he gives us just to enjoy. The bible says that Jesus was anointed with the oil of gladness above his fellows! He was happy! I like how Pastor John Ortberg describes this,
“When we take our children to the shrine of the Golden Arches, they always lust for the meal that comes with a cheap little prize, a combination christened, in a moment of marketing genius, the Happy Meal. You're not just buying fries, McNuggets, and a dinosaur stamp; you're buying happiness. Their advertisements have convinced my children they have a little McDonald-shaped vacuum in their souls...The problem with the Happy Meal is that the happy wears off, and they need a new fix. No child discovers lasting happiness in just one: "Remember that Happy Meal? What great joy I found there!" Happy Meals bring happiness only to McDonald's. You ever wonder why Ronald McDonald wears that grin? Twenty billion Happy Meals, that's why. When you get older, you don't get any smarter; your happy meals just get more expensive.” - John Ortberg, Dangers, Toils & Snares
Keep our hearts free of these and the Word of God has free access to produce a life filled with abundance.