among thorns

i was reading yesterday in Luke chapter 8. The Parable of the Sower is a pretty common one that if you attend church, you may hear pretty often. but it struck me in a new way, so i thought i’d share some thoughts from my journal.

if you feel like reading the verse, it’s here: {i’m going to summarize it anyway, so you can skip reading this part if you want}

4 And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable, 5 “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. 6 And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up,it withered away, because it had no moisture. 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. 8 And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.” As he said these things, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

9 And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, 10 he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that ‘seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’ 11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. 14 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. 15 As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.”

Luke 8:4-15

in the parable, The Sower spreads seed onto 4 different types of places or soil.  Jesus explains that the soil is really 4 different types of people who hear the word of the Lord.

  1. on the path the seed was trampled- Jesus explains that the devil takes away the word from the people so that they do not believe.    …we all know of some people like this, who have heard of the word, but it doesn’t seem to be a fit for them, so they go on their merry way.
  2. the seed that lands on the rock grows but then in withers because it has no moisture. Jesus explains that its like people who receive the word with joy but at time of testing they fall away from the faith because they have no root.  …this one makes me sad.  i bet we all have stories of people we know who seem totally sold out for Jesus and then life changes, something happens, and they fall away… or even reject God.
  3. some seed falls among thorns, the thorns grew up along with the seed but the thorns choked the fruit and Jesus says that it’s like people who hear the word, but as they go along, they get choked up by all the cares and riches and pleasures of this world so they produce no fruit.  …this one scares me. it just seems so relevant in our society…
  4. thankfully some seed falls on good soil, it grew and yielded hundred fold. this is people who hear the word-hold fast in an honest and good heart and they bear fruit with patience.   …this one humbles me.

i can’t seem to stop thinking about the  seed that fell “among thorns”. isn’t this us? isn’t this the health + wealth preaching that you hear all over America? isn’t this the cycle that we get caught up in every day? thinking that we need to have the “American Dream”?!!!

i mean seriously. how often do i avoid my quiet time for a few extra minutes of sleep. or avoid opening my bible because the latest magazine arrived in the mail. or get way too excited when i find an awesome sale for a new shirt from JCrew? or get so caught up in the “things” of this life? this little verse is a warning to us rich Christians. even if we don’t feel rich, gosh, i certainly don’t, but aren’t we?  don’t we let the “stuff” and “pleasures” of this life in get the way of letting God work in our lives on a daily basis to bring us ever closer to Him? for HIS glory? not ours.

obviously, if we’re honest with ourselves, we all hope that we”ll be the “good soil”. but that humbles me because sometimes it’s hard to see “fruit” in your life. but here Jesus says, “they bear fruit with patience”. it takes time to bear fruit. you’re not going to be a perfect servant the minute you accept Christ into your heart. you’re not going to have perfect joy or love everyone right away. it takes time. and patience.

and patience is something that i seem to lack. i mean, sometimes it feels like i don’t bear any fruit at all. and i wonder, am i even a “good soil”? or am i a fake? among the thorns? going after the things that are of this world and not seeing with open eyes, Christ. i’m humbled. and i ask for patience. and i hope that Christ has even more patience with me. because heaven knows, i’m not very good at having my focus in the right place. and i’m sure not very good at bearing fruit on my own.

God help me. i can not do this alone.

thanks for reading along with my journal as i open up my heart. because it was just a stream of thought, it may not all make sense, please contact me or leave a comment if you have any questions or thoughts! i’d love to hear from you!

xo-kimberly renee

{pictures are from our anniversary trip to the southern coast of Maine. we had a great time together celebrating our 6 years! Doesn’t Husbuddy look dapper? 😉 hee hee.}

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  1. Pam Holderman September 2, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

    My chapel art kids did a puppet type play several years ago with these verses. a favorite… and yes it is so easy to not stay among the good soil. btw putting down some top soil today so will dwell on these.


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