[Jesus continued his explanation of the parable of the sower and the seeds:]
"The seeds that fell 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. And so they never grow into maturity."
— Luke 8:14 NLT
We live in a busy time. Most who can read this devotional on a computer or mobile device have more things than most people who lived before us could ever imagine. However, rather than making our lives so much better, our things tend to crowd out our allegiance to and passion for the Lord. Too many voices are competing for our attention, and Jesus' voice gets overlooked. We become stunted in our spiritual growth — believers, but ones who do not develop in our discipleship as we should. Let's realize that we face a huge battle with complacency, passion, commitment, and allegiance simply because we have so much.
O gracious and Almighty LORD, the God and Father of Jesus Christ, thank you for your powerful deliverance. I now ask that you deliver me from the threat of having my eyes diverted away from you by the things I possess. Through your Holy Spirit, instill a new heart within me. Turn me in faith to your Son with passion and devotion. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- 1 Timothy 6:6-10
- Luke 18:24-28
- Luke 16:13
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.