What Jesus Did! 'The Threat of Too Much' — Luke 8:14

Thursday, May 14, 2015

"What is the seed that fell among the thorny weeds? That is like the people that hear God's teaching, but they let the worries, riches, and pleasures of this life stop them from growing. So they never make good fruit."
— Luke 8:14 NLT
Illustration of Luke 8:14 NLT — "What is the seed that fell among the thorny weeds?"

Key Thought

We live in a busy time. Most who can read this on the computer have more things than most people who have lived could ever imagine. However, rather than making things so much better, they 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 growth—anemic believers 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 too much.

Today's Prayer

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

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows 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.