Don’t Swallow Thorns

2016.01.21

“The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.”
(Luke 8:14)

Reflection:
Life can become cluttered – and so can our minds and hearts.

We may receive the Word of God as one amongst the profusion of words, impressions and other things that flood our lives every day – all clamouring for our attention. We may pride ourselves on keeping an open mind without realising that very often there are then no filters or values in place to guard and guide us. We may end up not only unable to differentiate between the godly and the worldly but at the mercy of the latest and the loudest. In the end business, pleasure and wealth become the thorns that push aside and choke our spiritual lives.

If our relationship with the Lord is to prosper and deepen then He needs to be given both space and priority. We should be listening to Him before we listen to the world or even to ourselves.
As Jesus said,

“Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” (Matthew 4:4)

The Word of God enables us to live wisely in the clutter of the world.

Response:
Make space for reading Scripture

Prayer:

Father thank You for Your Word – please help me to read it, treasure it and be formed through it. Amen.

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