19th October 2017

“Choked by Thorns” 

“Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.”
Matthew 13:7 (NIV) 

The parable of the seed and the sower is one of the most well-known by Christians and non-Christians alike. The seed which the birds ate, the seed which had no roots, the seed which was choked by thorns and the good seed which brought forth a good crop. We know that the different environments in which the seed was planted had different effects on different types of people, and we hope that none of this applied to us (except, hopefully, the good soil in which we would grow up to be faithful servants of our Lord).

But what of these different environments. Need we beware of any of them? It might seem not to be so, if we are Christian. Hopefully we are good examples of right Christian living to those around us. It’s one of those parables that seems to apply to ‘other people’.

So, how then does this parable apply to us? Let’s give a thought to Bunyan’s ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’. The first distraction that Faithful encountered in his journey to the Celestial City was Vanity Fair, which was open all year round and presented every enticement imaginable to anyone who was travelling there. The only commandment anyone who lived there needed to beware of was the eleventh one: “Thou shalt not be found out.” Just like Faithful in his pilgrimage, we are surrounded by all the delights of the Fair, and the danger is that God may take second place.

In the days of the Roman Emperor Domitian, the church had to endure in the face of persecution and suffering. Now the call may be for endurance in the face of the world’s beguiling glamour and riches. Arguably, it has been the soft attack that has proved the more dangerous. Pain and threat breed resilience and courage, while luxury and power corrupt and lead astray. We in the ‘West’ are surrounded by thorns which could choke our faith.

Lord, it’s not easy to ignore the lure of things we know to be wrong. Keep us firmly in Your grasp when our grasp of You grows weak.

Study by Chris Reeve


About the Author:
Chris Reeve is assistant pastor of the Invicta (Blean) Congregation near Canterbury, which is part of Grace Communion International/Worldwide Church of God UK, where his wife, Hilary accompanies him.

Local Congregation:
Invicta Fellowship
Blean Village Hall
School Lane

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11.30 a.m.

Local Congregational Contact:
Mrs Annette Woods
Phone: 07473 188326
Email: annettewoods2@nhs.net

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