“And as for what fell among the thorns, these are the people who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked and suffocated with the anxieties and cares, and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not ripen, come to maturity and perfection.” Luke 8:14 Amplified
As we continue to look at the four groups of people in the parable of the seed and the sower, Jesus calls this third group thorns. Let’s think about that word for a minute, it’s defined as “hard structures with sharp, stiff ends, generally with the same function of physically deterring”. Doesn’t exactly sound like a compliment to be a thorn. Jesus says these people hear the message from the Word, but….. So I think we can safely assume these could be regular church goers. They dutifully sit in the pew every week and listen to the sermon, but….. When you read the word but in the Bible it’s like a caution light flashing at you to pay attention. In this case what comes after the but is that the they forget what they just heard. The thorns might as well have not even heard the sermon because they don’t retain any of it. The Lord tells us that as soon as thorns walk out the door of the church, maybe even when they get up from the pew, life and all its problems and pleasures takes over. To make matters worse most thorns stick into other thorns or anybody else around them due to their negative attitude and woe as me lifestyle “drama”. They may be saved, but they’re miserable in this life because all they see is what’s around them instead of looking up to what the Lord has for them. I believe many Christians today are thorns, they’ve got fire insurance, but no fruit.
If you are choked and suffocated with the anxieties and cares of this world, or are caught up in the riches and pleasures of life, don’t be a thorn. Be the rose on the bush enjoying the peace and joy Jesus gives us no matter what life throws at us.