Luke 8:18 The seed (word) 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.
There are times when it seams we are not maturing as we should with our relationship with the Lord. We hear His word, we swallow it, but the worries of life can choke it right out of us because we have riches and pleasures on earth that are closer to our hearts than He is.
The riches and pleasures in this world can be material things, but they can also be your wives, husbands and children and your time with them. It may sound horrible to some people but to God our families are like thorns choking His life out of us if we put them above Him. Many of us are being choked by our worries of our families if they are our greatest riches and pleasures in this life. His ways of thinking is much different than our ways of thinking.
If your time with them fills your heart with more love than your time with the Lord or if their relationship fills your heart with more love than His relationship then you will choke on His word, you will not retain it because you are more worried about losing them, their happiness, their security far more than losing Him, His relationship and the joy and love He wants to bring you.
You will not mature in His relationship and He will not be able to work in you and through you as He wants in your life. You will be missing far more from Him than you are gaining from your family and so will they. Not only will you be missing out on what He has for you, they may be closer to you than to Him and they will be missing out what He has for them as well.
God wants you to be more loyal to Him by obedience and trust than being loyal and trusting in your family for your joy and peace. He also does not want you to worry about losing them or providing for them in what they need, more than worrying about losing Him, and Him being the one who provides you and them with what they need. To put Him first means to put Him first.
What He gives a person should be more important than what anyone on earth can give a person to complete them, so they are not lacking nothing for themselves or their family. God did not make people to be the ones to complete one another, they were made for God, so He could be the one that completes them.
Today the “US” voice and message is becoming much louder in the world than the GOD and JESUS gospel message. The “US” message is louder in the media through television, movies, and all social media outlets, and it is drawing more and more followers.
They have a television show called “US” that is high on the rating scale and has many followers on the social media outlets. This show is only about a family and how they help one another, not how God can help the family through Jesus Christ our Lord. It is beautifully made, very touching, and seams to bring all the charters to who they want to be for one another. One of Satan’s greatest tools to use to draw us away from God is the people that we love most, and this show is a perfect example of how He works.
Luke 14:25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus and turning to them he said: If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brother and sisters – yes, even his own life- he cannot be my disciple.
Large crowds are traveling with Jesus today through His Spirit and Word and He speaks the same thing to them through His Spirit and Word. This hate Luke recorded Jesus saying is a revelation from God how much more we are to love Him above our family and friends.
Those of us who truly want the truth in who completes “us” more than anything on earth needs to turn to Him for what He can only give so the “us” can be what the “us” were made for. It is NOT ALL ABOUT US, it is ALL ABOUT HIM IN US. We were not made for each other but for Him, so He can live in and through each of us that takes us far above and beyond the “us” we can be on our own.
His love should always come first and now I am passing it on to you.