2014-01-12 - Weeds of Life
Originally Published 1996-05-29
Mark 4:18-19 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; 19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. (NIV)
As I was preparing for my Tuesday morning Bible study, this verse in Mark convicted me. Here Jesus is explaining to his disciples the Parable of the Sower. The Parable is found in Mark 4:1-20.
Are you like me? Are the weeds and thorns of the world growing all around you? Are the worries or stresses of this life choking out the word of God? Is the constant bombardment we face from advertisements making you want more and more things? I suffer from what I call the bigger and better syndrome. I always want the next product that is bigger and better than the last. Never content with the current product. Are you like that? Or perhaps your "weeds" are found in the home, school or recreational pursuits. Are you like the man spinning the plates with a stick. Running around so fast and so hard from "stick to stick" just spinning and spinning so that none of the plates will fall and break?
We live in such a fast past society. Everything is changing so fast. We are running so hard. Are we choking out God's word? Are we missing His plan for our life? God has a better plan for us. He wants us to have abundant life. A life full of purpose and meaning.
I challenge all of you today to join me in cutting down some of the weeds and thorns surrounding your life. Take time to slow down. Take time to be alone with God. Take time to really understand His plan for your life. Take time to live that abundant life promised to you.
Dear Father, I know I have been running too fast. I know I have let some thorns grow up around me choking out your word. Father forgive me for going outside your plan. Forgive me for not slowing down enough to be alone with you Lord. Most of all Lord, thank you for always being there. Thank you for never changing. Lord, we praise you and ask for your help to keep us on the good soil, so that we may bear good fruit to your glory. In Jesus' precious name we pray. Amen.