7. SOME SEED FELL AMONG THE THORNS.
In the natural, some of the seeds fell among the thorns, Jesus likens this to those who hear the word, but the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.
II Timothy 2:4 No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.
Matthew 6:24 “No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” (Mammon is the God of money.)
25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?”
28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?”
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about it’s own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Translation in italics added)
In speaking to a rich man who asked Jesus what he should do to inherit eternal life, Jesus first reminds him of the importance of keeping the commandments, to which the rich man replies;
Mark 10:20 - - - - - - - “Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.” 21 Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up your cross, and follow Me.”
22 But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
23 Then Jesus looked and said to His disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!” 24 And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God!
25 It is easier for a camel to go though the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 26 And they were greatly astonished, saying among themselves, “Who then can be saved?” 27 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.” 28 Then Peter began to say to Him, See, we have left all and follow You.”
29 So Jesus answered and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, 30 who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time – houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions – and in the age to come, eternal life.”
The thorns speak of the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches that choke the word, and he who received the word becomes unfruitful. The cares of this world, food, clothing, a home, health, keeping your spouse, your children and extended family and friends happy; as good as all these things may be, worrying about these things is an expression of lack of faith in God to provide for us and care for us. It is putting your reliance and trust in self instead of in Christ.
In the same way, when we put our reliance and trust in riches; money and wealth becomes our god. Does your love of money rule your life, or are you and your money submitted to God’s will.
Jesus said it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. The eye of a needle was a small door in the city gate (or wall). If you wanted to get a loaded camel into the city after the main gates were closed, you had to take your camel through the eye of the needle.
For this to happen, because the gate is so narrow, the camel would first be unloaded of all the earthly wealth it was carrying. All this wealth would be taken into the city before the camel could enter. Then after entering through the eye of the needle, all this wealth would be loaded back onto the camel. This speaks to us of having to give our all to God, before we can enter into the kingdom of God. But having given up our all to enter God’s kingdom, God then loads us up with His wealth.
Mark 10:29 - - - - - “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, 30 who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time – houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions – and in the age to come, eternal life.”
So we give up our wealth to enter the kingdom of God, but in return we receive God’s wealth, along with persecutions.
The eye of the needle is not only narrow it is also very low. Therefore, for the camel to enter the city through the eye of the needle, it must do so on its knees. This speaks to us of the need for us to humbly submit to the will of God, before we can enter into the kingdom of God.
Jesus said it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God, because it is hard for a rich man hand his wealth over to God before entering into the kingdom of God; especially if he became rich by hording his wealth. On the other hand a poor man as no wealth to lose and much wealth to gain.
But there are other things one must give up to enter the kingdom of God. Can you hand over to God, your will, your ambitions; what about your wife or your husband, your children, your hate, your unforgiveness, your anger, stubbornness and pride, God requires that you unload yourself of all these, and hand them over to Him before you can enter the kingdom of God. And will God give all these back to you. Yes! But He will also redeem and transform them.
Wife, can you trust God to redeem and transform your husband, and hand him back to you as a husband better than you could ever dream or imagine? Then hand your husband over to God, along with your hate, your anger and your unforgiveness towards him, and allow God to redeem and transform your husband from glory to glory, more and more into the image of Christ. It may not happen overnight, but it will happen, if you only trust in God and obey His commands.
Husband, can you trust God to redeem and transform your wife, and hand her back to you as a wife better than you could ever dream or imagine? Then hand your wife over to God, along with your hate, your anger and your unforgiveness towards her, and allow God to redeem and transform your wife from glory to glory, more and more into the image of Christ. It may not happen overnight, but it will happen, if you only trust in God and obey His commands.
Regardless whether it is wealth, husband, wife, family, home, health or any thing else, the question is, can you trust God with all that is yours, and humbly submit your-self to God’s will? If so hand it all over to God and enter His kingdom, and you will receive hundredfold now in this time- houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions – and in the age to come, eternal life (Mark 10:30).
If you cannot lay down your life, your wealth, and the cares of this world, and humbly submit your-self to God’s will, the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches will choke the word, and you will become unfruitful.
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