As for the seed that fell among thorns, these are the ones who, when they have heard, go on their way and are choked with worries, riches, and pleasures of life, and produce no mature fruit. Luke 8:14 (HCSB)
As I was rereading the parable of the sower in Luke chapter 8 verse 5-15 it dawned on me that this was the true condition of the professed Seventh-day Adventist members and Christians in general, it was about me and many that I see in the church today. The word has already been planted in us but we have no time for anything even for our own pleasure we do not have enough time. I look at how I often struggle to find time to read the word of God and spend time in prayer and commune with God but it is hard to find that time.
What am I busy doing? Busy working, often work overtime work it is not hard to decide to work extra hours when there is pressure to get things done; I am also busy watching TV, my favorite programs (once I sit to watch them I find myself comfortable and forget other more important things that need to be done); I am busy studying doing assignments because they have deadlines for submission; I am busy attending to family matters etc. and somewhere in between a squeezed in family worship. By the time I am done with the routine for the day I have 4 to 5 hours of sleep before the next day’s call of duty.
The worries of life are often the reason we would like to keep our jobs dearly, and spend much time fulfilling the endless demands of work but we do not mind because we get wages to keep us going and taking care of our needs. It provides shelter, food, clothing, other financial needs, it provides health policy and education for our children, it enables us to feel important in a community and to our family members. It provides for our endless demands for better things in life. It provides us with things that would identify us with the rest, like good cars, electronic gadgets like iPhone, tablets, PlayStation, internet services, home theaters among others.
And well, it clear in the text that with such circumstances we will not be able to bear the fruits of the we will not bear the fruit of the spirit we will not have true Christian character, we will not manifest the true image of Christ followers. True Christianity will not be seen in us. The seed germinated but not reaching its maturity. It is unfortunate that we will be lost if we do not realize this and change quickly. “The thorns of sin will grow in any soil; they need no cultivation; but grace must be carefully cultivated. The briers and thorns are always ready to spring up, and the work of purification must advance continually. If the heart is not kept under the control of God, if the Holy Spirit does not work unceasingly to refine and ennoble the character, the old habits will reveal themselves in the life.” – E. G. White (A Call to Stand Apart p.21)
By A. Eliamani