What’s Choking Your Spiritual Life?

“… 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.” (Mark 4:19)

As Jesus explained The Parable of the Sower in Mark 4, He said that sometimes the word of God is “sown” into a life (:18) but that there are three things that can “choke” it so that it doesn’t bear fruit:

— “the worries of the world” The world can be a terrifying place: crime, economic distress, “wars and rumors of wars”, as well as routine but continual daily needs, can weigh on a person, and hinder their walk with God.

— “the deceitfulness of riches” Many believe if they can only achieve a certain level of prosperity (usually whatever is just above where they presently are!) then they will really be happy. But as Jesus says here, riches are “deceitful.” They won’t give a person what they promise. But the desire for wealth can do a terrific job of choking out the time and effort one needs to cultivate godliness and serve the Lord.

— “the desires for other things” Sometimes it is just a desire for something else — it could be any of a number of things; the enemy is masterful at finding whatever will do the trick for you — that turns one’s concentration from the Lord & His kingdom.

There are a number of applications we might glean from this passage, but one question each of us should ask ourselves is this: is one of these things that Jesus mentioned “choking out” MY spiritual growth?

And if so, what do I need to ask God to help me to do about it?

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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