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Apr

Are the Thorns Growing In Our Hearts?

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Rose-with-thornsI was recently rereading the parable of the sower that Jesus told in Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 and I really began to do what he asks of us, “He who has ears, let him hear” (Matt. 13:9). In this week’s blog I want to concentrate on what Jesus tells us about the soil that tries to develop with thorns in it.

 

As someone who does some yard work on the weekends as most of us do, I have noticed that sometimes the most beautiful plants in my garden have thorns. Of course, roses produce a beautiful flower and many of them have a very aromatic smell that entices us to want to have them in our flowerbeds. However, they are extremely difficult to deal with because of the thorns that develop on their stems.

 

Jesus tells us that some “seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them” (Matt. 13:7). He goes on to explain the soil in this way, “As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful” (Matt. 13:22). I began to compare this with what I observed about my roses in my flowerbeds. They are very enticing to have because of their beauty and scent, but they lead to all sorts of difficulties—having to constantly prune them, having to use gloves to be able to touch them, and many are susceptible to disease.

 

Jesus tells us that there are people who hear the word of God and it sounds like it even works its way into their lives, but not very deeply before the old ways begin to come back. The truth is, Jesus word needs deep roots to hold on and create something brand new out of us. If we believe we can keep doing business the same way as we did before, the cares of the world are not going to let us go! We must be pruned often by God to get rid of the “dead” ways of the world from our lives. We need to take off the gloves and be genuine with God about our life with him, even if we go through some difficult times in order to get away from the “deceitfulness of riches” that he talks about that are common in this soil type. We must quit allowing ourselves to be susceptible to heart diseases that come from allowing thorns to continue growing in our hearts that choke out the Word of God.

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