In the Parable of the Sower/Soils (Luke 8), Jesus describes some of the reasons people do or don’t receive the gospel, as well as what gets in the way of people growing in the gospel. For followers of Jesus, anything that gets in the way of spiritual maturity is worth looking at more closely!
We’ve already looked at the hard path and the rocky soil. Here’s what the soil full of weeds teaches about how to *not* grow… Let your heart love and trust lesser things more than God.
“The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.” Luke 8:14
I get worried when I trust something more than God. I get distracted when I love and desire something more than God. This is a real temptation for us as human creatures. And it takes a lifetime to love and trust God the most. But that is what He wants for us because this is what’s best for us.
God doesn’t say to trust no one. God doesn’t say to love no one. But if we love those thingsmore than God, then our hearts will be drawn away from God in a way that hinders our spiritual maturity.
In relation to worry, Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Luke 12:34
If someone looked at your calendar, your checkbook, maybe listened to your conversations, what would they say you love the most?
Too often in the Christian faith we take a posture of “try harder” when it comes to growth and maturity, but this is clearly a heart issue. God can change our hearts if we let Him and ask Him. So ask him today. And tomorrow. And the next day.
If we don’t feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because you have drunk deeply and are satisfied. It is because we have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Our soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great. God did not create you for this. There is an appetite for God. And it can be awakened. -John Piper, A Hunger for God