The Deceitfulness Of This Life
Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. NIV
Mark 4:19 warns that “the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.”
We have to always be on guard against the deceitfulness of this life. It has a way of slowly overcoming us, killing our spiritual passion. It’s like getting an anesthetic at the dentist – slowly you feel your jaw becoming numb and unfeeling. And after a while, you just don’t feel anything anymore.
The same thing is happening to many Christians today. If we are not careful, we adapt to the standards and the ways of the world. We get used to it. We get slowly seduced by its power and its ways. We become “men of this world whose reward is in this life” (Psalm 17:14). Over time, we become numb to things of God. We end up living unimpressive, mediocre, unfruitful spiritual lives, never discovering our full potential in Christ or living it, a pale shadow of what we could have been and should have been in Christ. It’s no way to live this Christian life.
2 Tim 1:14 says: “Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you – guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.”
I pray that the Holy Spirit will help you keep your spiritual passion burning brightly and that you will live impressive spiritual lives for God, always bearing much fruit.