“The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.”
The pleasures and distractions Jesus is talking about in this parable are not necessarily sinful, but they can slow down or even stop our maturity in Christ.
It’s not wrong to enjoy great blessings, or to set goals for building a business, or to have a bucket list, but it is a huge mistake to allow those things to take our eye off the Lord.
If we are distracted or driven by the next pay grade, or getting that new car with all the bells and whistles, or scooping up that new smartphone, we will never grow spiritually. Instead, those things will take over our lives, and choke out the rich and full life God wants us to enjoy both here on earth and later in eternity.
Dear God, Your parables often give me a wake-up call. Guide my thoughts and actions each day, that I may live the best life possible, centered on Your Word. Amen.