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Are You Distracted? #wordofGod

16 Oct

WeedI’m posting about the different kinds of soil that Jesus said was contained in our hearts.  Today’s is about someone with very good soil.  It produced bountifully.  The problem was that it wasn’t producing fruit.

Instead, it raised a great crop of thorns and thistles.  Then the few good plants that sprung up were choked out before they produced anything.

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.
Mark 4:18-19

These believers get further along than the other groups.  They believe the Word and actually let it take root in their lives.  Their problem is that they let other things grow right along next to it.

The first plant Jesus mentions is the distractions of this age, in the original Greek.  What a description of the modern Christian – DISTRACTED!  It’s not that we’ve turned our backs on God.  On the contrary, we want God’s best – His Word and His grace.  The trouble is that we want the world’s best right along with it.  We’re getting distracted by the things of the world.

Right along with that is the delusion of wealth.  When we think of wealth, it tricks us into believing that it can supply all of our needs.  The truth is that wealth can only obtain material possessions.

Wealth can never satisfy the longing of our souls.  If it could, you would never hear of a wealthy person committing suicide.  The thing we need to put into perspective is that only the things that come from the Word of God are truly able to fulfill our lives.

The third plant that grows next to the Word is simply desires.  What the verse implies is that this is a desire for the things that were given up in order to follow after God.  When we start looking back at these things with longing in our hearts, it’s a sure road to failure.

Please understand that it’s not doing the former things that causes the trouble, it’s the desire to do it.

The biggest thing that the Christians of this generation need to realize is that you can’t have it all, no matter what any televangelist will tell you.  You can’t have the power of God manifest in you, as well as everything your flesh desires.

It’s a well-known principle of farming.  When weeds and valuable crops are allowed to grow in the same space, it’s the weeds that will win out every time.

We’re so quick to blame God.

“Oh God, I planted the Word.  Why is there no harvest?  Why have you failed me?”

I’m here to inform you, it wasn’t God who failed.  Everything grew as God ordained it to.  It was the weeds in your life that choked out the Word before it was able to produce fruit in you.  That’s why there was no harvest.

Question: How are you keeping your heart free from weeds?

© Nick Zaccardi 2013

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2 responses to “Are You Distracted? #wordofGod

  1. zacharycbush

    October 16, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Excellent post. Nick, you nail it on the head when you say: “The biggest thing that the Christians of this generation need to realize is that you can’t have it all… You can’t have the power of God manifest in you, as well as everything your flesh desires.” I am of the mindset that many of the desires of flesh that we want in our lives, while also wanting the Light of Christ…while maybe not so bad when kept to a minimum…run the risk of sin–thoughts, feelings, attitudes and actions that disconnect or keep us disconnected from the (God-given) Grace God WANTS us to be filled with when we recognize and abide by His plan– so in order to receive and share that Grace we must partake in sacrifice. It is through sacrifice and temporal pleasures that we are drawn closer to God. Self-induced suffering seems a bit extreme, at least beyond the short term, but challenging ourselves to feel uncomfortable…to change even when change is not required. In giving up, we gain through prayer, meditation and a clearer path to His will. We can’t have both, but we can have so much more than we ever thought! Thanks for your post.

     
    • Nick Zaccardi

      October 16, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      Thanks for your insight. That’s what we need to realize. God offers us so much more than the world. We just have to make the choice to be fully committed to His kingdom.

       

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