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Cares, Riches, and Pleasures
A sower went out to sow his seed…. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it…. And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. Luke 8.5a, 7, 14
The more I read the parable of the sower, the more convinced I become that the ‘third soil’ is the most prevalent in our context. Optimistically, I don’t believe the rocky or shallow soils are the most predominant in our day and age. Sadly, I don’t see an abundance of mature and exponentially fruitful followers of Christ, though. It seems like we have good soil for the word to fall on, but we have a lot of competing interests that hinder our fruitfulness.
Cares, riches, and the pleasures of life are thorns that choke out our fruitfulness and keep us from maturing.
It’s strange how we can live in an affluent society yet operate with a scarcity mindset. We are ‘afflicted with affluence’ and suffering from ‘affluenza’ as some authors have noted. The things we care about, the riches we pursue, and the things we find pleasurable often distract us from Kingdom fruitfulness.
There’s still evidence of the gospel’s initial work, but the full harvest is choked out by these cares, riches and pleasures.
What are the things you worry about? What are the things that occupy your primary energy? What are the things you find most enjoyable?
Are they mature and fruit-bearing things?
Even when the seed falls on good soil, there are thorns that can keep it from maturing.
- Charlie Welke