Luke 8:14 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches, and pleasures, and they do not mature.
In the parable of the “sower the seed” God tells us the “seed” is the word of God, and the soil or place the seed is planted is the condition of the person’s heart. In verse 14 the thorns are riches, pleasures, and the worries of life that can over take a person’s heart, after they hear God’s message, and they never mature spiritually.
Luke 8:11: This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God…
Every person in the world will eventually hear God’s message of the Cross, and each person will respond differently. First, a person must hear the true message of the Cross through His Given Spirit when He reveals to them who He is. He takes them above their natural mind, body and spirit through His Given Holy Spirit into His Kingdom through His gospel message of the Cross. The only one that knows our Heavenly Father is His Son, and the only one that knows the Son is our Heavenly Father, and those He chooses to reveal Himself to.
Many hear a “message” today, but it is not His truth, or His whole message of the Cross, and His Kingdom that is much different than the one we are living in today. Those who are His are in this world, but they are a part of another Kingdom, not affected by this one due to what He gives each of them of Himself. He takes His children beyond their natural human nature to His Kingdom now in soul, and spirit through His Spirit, that gives life to their mortal bodies now until He calls them home.
God tells us through the Messiah, Jesus Christ, in Mathews account, Jesus will not return until all people have heard the true message of His gospel and His Kingdom through His born-again children. That still does not mean all who hear will repent when they hear the true message of the Cross. Their own response to Him depends solely on them.
Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
Now we know God wants all people in the world to hear the message of the Cross. We know all things of God has been committed to the Son, and no one knows the Son expect the Father and no one knows the Father except the Son, and those the Son chooses to reveal His Father too.
Mathew 11:27“All things have been committed to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
We know Jesus died for all people, so who are the ones that hear and the ones that don’t. Or, who are the ones he chooses to reveal himself too? He tells us many times but do we truly hear Him? In fact, God tells us right before He says these words recorded by Mathew.
Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things form the wise and learned, and reveal them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.
Jesus tells us God, our Father, reveals His message and words of His Son to those who come to Him like little children with no wisdom, with no strength of their own, they are unwise, not knowing, not relying on their own intellect, not relying on their own logic, their own understanding, and their own mind, and power to save them from their sins, and the cares of this world overwhelming them.
They are poor in spirit, body and soul, and want to be saved from all their sins, and from all the cares of this world that can tie them up, and they know they are not able to do it themselves. They have come to their wits end, and want to be taught by a Father who is willing to teach them. Have you come to Jesus this way, if not, He will not reveal Himself to you?
If a person thinks they are wise and knows all things, without Him giving it to them through His Spirit, then He will never reveal Himself to them fully, not because He can’t, but He will never compete with your pride, your self-righteousness, or your self-piety until you give it all to Him. Those who are proud will always be humbled by Him, but those who are humble He will exalt. When He exalts a person, He gets all the glory and the praise they do not boast in themselves, but in Him, and give Him all the glory and praise. Through their hearts their mouths will speak His truth, and they will reveal what they treasure most by all He has given them of Himself.
Going back to the parable of the sower, this person in this parable, has heard God’s truth through His word, they were a child coming to their Heavenly Father, when God revealed His true message, His true gospel, through His Son to this person, but what happened next? They let the cares of this life, pleasures, and riches of this world choke out His word and His presence He revealed to them. This can happen to any person when He has revealed Himself to them, and they go out into the world and are choked by riches, pleasures and their cares they may have in this world.
It can be any care they are putting above His relationship. It can be their religion, their church community, their church responsibilities, their responsibilities in life. It can be their family, their children, their husband, people, possessions, accomplishments, their own pride in saving themselves, or their self-piety, thinking they are too sinful to be saved. All these are “cares” of this world.
The person quickly can become someone that does not rely on Him as their Lord anymore because of their cares of this world. They also can be someone that has never truly relied on Him. Their sight can take them quickly back to this world away from their faith He has given them. Their own cares, and the pleasures of this world have become in their minds bigger than He is. They have cares in this world they cannot shake, and they leave their Lord behind them thinking they can care for them themselves. They look at their blessings in life more important than their Lord’s personal relationship, and do not mature spiritually in Him and His fullness within themselves.
Most of us know what the riches and the pleasures of this world are that can become more important to us than His personal relationship does. What are some the cares of this world that can choke a person, and how can we give them to Him, when we cannot see Him, or touch Him?
For me, it was my children, and the death of my parents. I always had a fear of something happening to them, or a fear of someone else hurting them. I used to have night meres of something happening to my parents, and my children. I lived most of my life trying to please my parents instead of trying to please God.
When someone did not give my children what I thought they deserved I would behave very badly, seek revenge, or act like a mother bear protecting her cubs charging full speed ahead with no self-control at all. I would not want to murder anyone, but my temperament would be out of control, and there was no telling what would come out of my mouth loud enough for all to hear! No harsh curse words, but a powerful presence of getting my way for my children’s sake according to circumstance they were in.
Their embarrassment could be seen all over their faces, and humbled me, until he next time, and then it would happen again. I was letting the cares of this world choke what God wanted to give me repeatedly. Our pride in ourselves tells us we can do all things on our own, and Satan uses our pride in being protectors of our children and our loved ones to keep us from receiving what God has for us that takes us beyond ourselves and this world.
I was going to be the one that protected my children! I had no faith in Him being their protector because He had not given me any. I did not go to Him as a child willing to be taught by Him. I had no idea how I could give them to Him to take care of, when they were here, facing all they had to face, and He was there in Heaven somewhere, and I was down hear protecting them. I truly did not know Him or who He was. First, I had not heard the whole gospel message about the Cross and His Kingdom. Second, I was not taught I had to come to Him as a child not knowing and being able to be anything without Him. Once I heard His truth, and came to Him as a child not knowing anything, He revealed Himself to me, and I gave myself fully to Him along with all my cares.
These are some of His truths He spoke to me, and still hear everyday.
Psalm 55:22 Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.
The word cast means to throw, hull, or fling. If you are a fisherman, you know how to cast a rod, but how do we cast to the Lord? We cast or fling our cares to the Lord through our prayers. Our prayer is casting our cares to Him. We throw or fling our prayers to Him with all our hearts. What we catch from Him through our prayers is what He gives us to sustain us. We catch His peace, grace, and love that always will sustain us. Like a fish is what sustains a fisherman, when he or she cast their line for food, what He gives us is His spiritual presence when we cast our prayers to Him. He is our food that sustains us from letting the cares of this world overwhelm us.
Psalm 7:26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Those who are far from you will perish, you destroy all who are unfaithful to you. But as for me, it is good to be near God, I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.
He will never let His children be shaken by the cares of this world when we continue to give him our cares through our prayers. I have learned to cast all my cares to the Lord and He cares for them, and He gives me what sustains me. I trust Him above myself taking care of all my cares because He can take care of all my cares much better than I can. I speak of His deeds He has worked in me and through me. I speak of His deeds He has worked in others and through others for me.
Nahum 1:7 The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him
Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Matthew 6:25“Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.
How do we not worry about our life? We all need to eat, drink and wear clothes, and how can we not worry about these things? Give all your worries to Him and He will sustain you. God knows we need all these things, and He tells us if we seek Him and His Kingdom first all these things will come to us.
He fills our soul and mind of His ways, ideas, and plans for our lives with passions that drive us to do our work He has called us to do in this world that sustains us in many ways, and when the day comes we are not able to work, he will provide for us in other ways, we will never worry about tomorrow, we will be like His birds, and the lilies of the filed because consumed in Him and all He gives us of Himself. WE will be seeking Him and His righteousness above our own.
Today I do not see many not worrying about tomorrow, and totally free trusting that He will give them all they need no matter what age and season in life. I see fear of many kinds, people falling into temptations, and the cares of this world swallowing them up with no way out.
God compares us to birds, and lilies of the field, in His word. We all can see He takes care of them and they have no worries. They do not store up their food, or worry about what they are wearing, and they are beautiful not lacking anything. They eat each day what God provides, and the lilies of the fields are beautiful naturally how God has dressed them. They do not worry at all about what they will eat or what they are wearing. He tells us we are worth much more to Him then they are, and through His presence, if we are putting Him first, we will live these words out in our lives.
Matthew 7:31 So do not worry, saying, “What shall I eat?” or ‘What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For the pagan run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and ll these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give your rest. Take my yoke up you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Any one that is weary and burdened (and that is all of us at one time or another) is God's way of calling you to come to Him. He can give you rest for your souls. He wants you to learn about who He is within you, and any time your heart is burdened or weary He is calling you to Him. He is a humble Son of God not knowing anything but what His Father has committed to Him, and through Him we are given the heart of God, and we too are His children He has committed all of himself too through His Son. Only through Him will a person receive rest for their souls, as Jesus had rest for His soul in time of trouble, He will give you His heart that makes your burden light as you carry your own cross.
Luke 21:34-36 Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap.
For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all this is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.
(KJV) And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
We all need to be careful, or take heed of ourselves and make sure we are staying close to Him, and Him alone all ways He gives us through His Spirit to keep close to Him.
He is the one that gives us a careful heart, renews our mind, and that keeps us from being weighed down with the cares of this life. Jesus tells us to be careful, because many will turn to wine and excessive drinking and before they realize it the day will come they are standing before the Son of God.
Jesus is talking to His disciples about His return and the last days of the earth they are in after His resurrection. The cares of life will be great, and before they know it, they will be tempted to turn to other ways to cope with life, and before they realize it they will be standing face to face with the Son of God.
All these words of my Lord helped me to give myself fully to Him, to make right through His Spirit, and all my cares of this life. All these words are dwelling in His children waiting to be revealed by Him. My prayer for all of us is to hold on to Him and all He gives us of Himself to sustain us, above any other way to cope with the cares of this life and the temptations of sin that wants to control us, and tie us up. I hope these words help you to know how to receive Him, and give all your cares to the only one that truly cares for you.