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Scripture: Mark 4:18-19
“And others are the ones on whom seed was sown among the thorns; these are the ones who have heard the word, 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.
Insights: Today we look at the third type of person. You will recall the first type of person was hostile to the gospel and immediately rejected it. The second type of person was the one who found the gospel too hard. They did not endure through the persecution because they did not have authentic faith with which to begin. The third type of person is the one who is too busy. They are being pulled in a thousand directions, and as a result, the Lord is discarded. These people would not say they did not love the Lord, but their actions would prove the Lord was of no real importance to them. Beloved, these people are nice people. They attend church every now and then. They are just so involved in other activities that corporate worship is a secondary issue for them. I want you to understand, however, just like yesterday, these people are not born again. They have never truly given their lives over to the Lord Jesus. They have never really encountered Him and His life changing grace. I also want to remind you, just like yesterday, we must never stop sharing the gospel with this type of person. The reason we continue to share is because our hope and prayer is they will one day receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior. If you are one who has often been distracted by the worries of this world, the deceitfulness of its riches and the desire for other things, then let me encourage you to evaluate eternity. This world will pass away and then we will experience either eternity with Jesus or eternal pain in the Lake of Fire. What you do with Jesus will determine in which location you end up dwelling. Nothing on this side of eternity is worth the sacrifice of being eternally separated from God’s love.
1. Do you feel like you are being pulled in a thousand directions?
2. In the midst of all these options, where does the Lord God fit?
Prayer: Father, people are being bombarded by all kinds of choices in their lives. As a result, many reject You, O Lord. I pray You would soften their hearts and help them to seek You and to know You. Amen.
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