"Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out.
Insights: This soil looks good—it’s deep, it's rich, it's turned over, it's tilled, it's cultivated. It looks clean and ready and the seed falls down into that area and it begins to germinate. But there are also fibrous roots of weeds and they tend to choke that life out of the seed. The weeds are natural to that soil, they belong in that soil. They fit in that soil. They're at home in that soil. The sowing of the grain is a foreign element into that soil. It's not natural and it has to be carefully cultivated and the weeds in their natural soil just totally dominate, strangle and choke out the life of the seed. These weeds also grow up very quickly and send out their leaf’s and steal all the moisture and sunlight from the good seed. There's not enough room for everyone to share the nutrients of that soil. And so, the good seed dies. This picture is a very sad one, Beloved, and next week we will see what spiritual truth is unpacked from this portion of the parable.
- Does this soil describe you?
- If it does, are you willing to ask Jesus to weed out your heart so you could be receptive to Him?
Prayer: Father, purge my heart of the love for this world. I do not desire to be distracted and duplicitous in nature. I desire to be productive and grow in Your grace. Do what is necessary to make my thorny heart to be clean in Your hands. Amen.