Jesus warns us against two things about the world in Mt.13:22 – first, the worries of this life; second, the deceitfulness of wealth. And these are thorns to true faith in God.
Whenever we think about the negative impact of the world upon us, we often think about materialism, sexual promiscuity, compromised integrity, unholy ambition, etc. But Jesus warns us against letting the worries of this life which can make the message of the gospel we hear unfruitful in our lives!
When a person is frequently worried about anything in this life – children’s well-being and education, career, assets, relationships, etc., that person is hampered from being fruitful in the Lord and His work. He or she is primarily fixated on the concerns of this life instead of trusting the Lord and resting in Him. This shows a lack of authentic faith.
(With regards to how we raise our children, there is a fine line between making time to disciple them in the ways of God and becoming obsessed with them to the neglect of God’s purposes. We must teach them to be hardworking and responsible, but above all, we need to teach them to love, trust, honor and fear the Lord.)
Jesus also warns us against the deceitfulness of wealth. The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil (1Tim.6:10) and money has the power to deceive us! As a result, some hoard their wealth, they are not generous in giving to God’s work, they are self-indulgent and are obsessed with increasing personal wealth.
Conversely, money in the hands of the wise can benefit God’s Kingdom work and they are fruitful in the sight of God. Thus, how we view and handle money will determine whether we live truly fruitful lives. We have to decide if Jesus is indeed Lord over our lives and everything we own or unconsciously allow money to become our god.
May the Lord help us all to live wisely and be truly fruitful in His Kingdom.
Mt.13:22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful and not allow thorns to undermine our faith in the Lord.