“…but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced.” (Mark 4:19, NLT)
Google “thorny weeds in garden” and you will find search results including:
- organic weed control methods to battle the worst garden weeds
- don’t let weeds rob your garden of its beauty
- identify and control these troublesome pests
- essential information you need for identifying and managing them
- weeds with prickles or thorns can be the hardest to get rid of.
There are different kinds of weeds – different types of thorns and thistles. But one thing is the same, don’t deal with them and your garden will eventually be completely overridden. It will lose its beauty, and it will no longer be productive. But if you take care of the weeds as soon as noticeable they can be managed with less effort and less stress.
Thorny weeds = worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things.
“All too quickly the message is crowded out… so no fruit is produced.”
Do you need to take some time to tend to your garden? Is the Word growing in you, and is it healthy? Are you producing fruit?
If you have spent any time in the church you are probably familiar with the phrase from James 2:14 [KJV] “faith without works is dead.”
This verse in the NLT says, “What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone?”
Just knowing the Word is not good enough – you must also produce the fruit (actions) that comes from knowing the Word.
“Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions. Not everyone who call out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter.” (Matthew 7:20-21, NLT)
How do you get out of the thorns?
“But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.” (James 1:25, NLT)
Are you still hanging in there? Is the message being crowded out? Take some time to tend to your garden.
Share the verse that you are going to put into practice.