Welcome to our online Bible study on Luke!
Read: Luke 8:1-25
My story is one without prodigal chapters or major turning-from-faith detours. Sure, I’ve stumbled and struggled like everyone. But since accepting Jesus on the potty when I was five, my walk with God has remained integral to who I am and how I live.
So when I read a chapter like Luke 8, it’s tempting to gloss over the familiar parable of the farmer scattering seeds and assume that those different types of soil apply only to the unbeliever or less mature Christian — not me.
There’s the path that gets trampled and the soil full of rocks. Then Jesus says,
Other seed fell among thorns that grew up with it and choked out the tender plants. (Luke 8:7)
My first reaction is: Yep, that doesn’t pertain to me. Surely those thorns are “bad” sins like addiction or adultery — purposeful disobedience.
But, oh, sweet Jesus. He knows that just like His first audience, I am simpleminded and need things explained. He describes the meaning of the parable:
The seeds that fall among the thorns represent those who hear the message, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares and riches and pleasures of this life. (Verse 14)
Suddenly my morning routine flashes in my mind: Determined to start my day right, I rub the crusties from my eyes and tap on the Bible App. I go through my daily reading, pray a quick prayer, and put a big red mental check in the Jesus box.
Then, before I even breathe Amen, I’m iPhone flicking and social media clicking. I’m crowding my mind with the status updates, blog links, and quotable tweets I missed overnight.
When I invite this barrage of information on the heels of God-Word inspiration, I’m crowding out the opportunity for the Truth to take root in my life.
Gracious Jesus, please forgive me for thinking that your Word doesn’t apply to me. Forgive me for putting time with You in a box that barely gets checked before moving on to the rest. Thank You for showing me the thorns I’ve allowed to choke out Your Word. Help me to be a woman whose life is grown in Your beautiful, fertile soil. Amen.
What thorns are hiding in your soil? How can you start removing them today?