18 And others are the ones on whom seed was sown among the thorns; these are the ones who have heard the word, 19 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 unfruitful.
Mark 4:18-19 NASB
How many people will hear the Word of God this week, but it won’t do any good? What a scary thought!
The Word of God is powerful. It will grow inside of you and bear fruit. But it has to be sown, will come back to that, in good ground!
So, there is an effort on the ground, or hearer, to be good ground.
This means that worry, lusts and desires need to be dealt with. How? By putting more of the Word in you than that other stuff. You have to prioritize and surround yourself with the things of God! Its that simple, but we make it hard because we don’t put God first.
Choose to spend more and more time with God. Read the Bible consistently, go to church regularly, be careful what you watch and listen to and live purposefully. God will bless a life that seeks Him!
As I spend regular time with the Lord, is there something that still has a hold on me? Is there something that I would have a hard time giving up for God? If so, I need to deal with it. I don’t want anything to have any type of hold on me, other than Jesus!
Lord, I want to know You more. As I read Your Word, let it be sown in my heart so that it would bear fruit. Help me to identify anything in my life that is not of You. Help me to be free, free to worship You completely.