This is what God gave me today in His word:
And others are the ones sown among thorns. They are those who hear the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.” (Mark 4:18-20)
Here, we can see both a warning, and an admonition:
- Don’t focus only on gaining money; yes, a job, and making money, is something of a requirement. But in all things, God should come first.
- We, if we really are the seed that’s fallen on “good soil,” should be bearing fruit, “thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.”.
We’re Warned Against the Deceitfulness of Riches
13 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Luke 16:13)
The deceitfulness of money, is that it seems that, if we just made a bit more of it, we’d be happy. If we just had a hundred thousand dollars, then I could finally relax. It starts trains of “if only” thoughts in your head. “If only” thoughts, which if ever realized, we’d find out they were lies… Thus the “deceitfulness of riches.”
Are We As “Fruitful” As We Should Be?
I suppose it depends on the definition of “fruit”, because its possible to be the pastor of a huge Church, with millions of converts, yet have only a few fruits of the Spirit in your life. Likewise its possible to have dozens of fruits of the Spirit (see: Galatians 5:22-23), yet have hardly made so much as a dent in the World around you… So, to which is Jesus referring? Or is He talking about both?
Well, remember, Jesus is talking about believers here. Specifically, He’s talking, right here, about believers who don’t/won’t fall away. So, if a believer multiplies, what do you have (1 + 1 = …)? That’s what Jesus is talking about here… But now, let’s not get too hasty here, surely God doesn’t want us to actually go to the Nineveh of the World and preach a message of reconciliation! No no no, God wants to shower us with an easy life and abundant blessings! Yeah, and with thinking like that, you’re likely to get swallowed by a big fish soon.
No, the reality is that God wants His people to bring others to Himself! No where does the Bible say God promises an easy life; He promises to provide what we need, and not more than that. As was said before, God doesn’t want us to focus on money, but on Him. Our goal in life should be to serve Him in whatever way we can. In this case, that means we should be living in such a way that we’re not just “one of the crowd,” but instead, it should be obvious to everyone that we’re one of the crowd.
How much fruit is your life producing?
You are Loved!