“And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:” (Matt. 13:7)
Covetousness, desiring the things of the world. Not just a finer this or that, not a newer one of these, but the cares of the world along with the deceitfulness of riches. I do not know if it is still so, but at one time the Powerball ticket sales was the largest income producing scheme in the country, twice now in the last few months the payment for the winning ticket, before taxes of course, was over one billion dollars. In a nation where there are only four hundred or so million people, that tells you what a lot of people want.
Not the money so to speak, but the supposed security that comes from having it.
Covetousness does not only rear its sinful head among the things of the world though, but in the desires of the heart, lust, greed, envy, a longing for more than what one already has, and generally that coveting comes from the knowledge that someone else has what you wish you had. “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Heb. 13:5)
We all covet to one degree or another whether we will admit it to ourselves or not, if you didn’t you would not purchase any items beyond your needs, and my guess is that in your house you have more than just food and raiment. Those in the thorns who profess to know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior deceive themselves, all of them would walk away just as sad as that young man did if the Lord told them to sell all they had, they serve, at least in their mind, as long as the Lord continues to give, they call these items blessings from the Lord, but they are no more than fulfilled wants that began with a coveting heart.
There are many who claim to know the Lord Jesus Christ who have no difficulty whatsoever living among the thorns, who can quite easily live with one foot in the world and what they consider one foot in His grace, but they are greatly deceived.
The lusts of the eyes are the things that we do not possess, but if it is possible, by hook or crook as it is said, they will do all that they can to obtain them.
The lust of the flesh is what drives them, they even pray for those items, naming and claiming them, attempting to coerce the Most High into believing that they could serve Him greater with that new house, that newer vehicle, even entire congregations praying for that new church.
The pride of life tells them that since others who also claim to know Him as Savior have a particular item, a particular talent or gift, they too should be the recipient of the same blessing as them.
After a while they do not even notice the scratching and piercing of those thorns.
When your faith rests on what the Lord has decided to bless you with, it is not resting on Him. When you pray for a better this or that it means you are not satisfied with what you have, and when you seek for contentment in the world, you will never be content.
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28) The world can offer you everything that you could ever want, but nothing that will last, everything your heart could desire, but nothing that will satisfy it for long.
After a while, they do not even feel the pricks of those thorns.