This is Part 2 in our study of Luke 8:11-15. Yesterday, we went over in Part 1, Luke 8:11-13, where we learned about unbelievers as well as Christians, who believe in Jesus but have no relationship with Him.
Today, I want to look at Luke 8:14 (KJV) “And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.”
As I studied this Scripture, I looked up the following words in the Strong’s Concordance:
Choked means “to strangle completely, (literally) to drown, or (figuratively) to crowd.
Cares means distractions.
Riches means “wealth (as fullness), that is, (literally) money, possessions, or (figuratively) abundance, richness.
This Scripture is speaking to Christians who have a relationship with Jesus. We spend time in the Word. We worship God and go to church, but no fruit is produced. Have you ever felt like this? You are going to church, you pray, you worship God, but you don’t have peace, joy, or love in your heart? But how did we get here?
According to Luke 8:14, you get there by taking the thought and care of the world on so the Word in your life produces no fruit. You labor in vain as your rest and hope are in the world and not in God. Take note that “cares” means distractions. When we allow ourselves to become distracted from the Word, it becomes fruitless in our life. What I mean is we become too busy to hear when God speaks to us. Our mind becomes a super highway of thoughts blocking the voice of God.
Also, when money and possessions are at the forefront of our thoughts and feelings, they too can cause the Word of God to be fruitless in our life.
How do we stop the cares, riches, and pleasures of this life from overtaking us and choking us? Let’s look at Scripture.
Scripture tells us in 1 Peter 5:7 “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” Philippians 4:6-7 states “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
We are to cast all of our care upon the Lord. The word all is pretty inclusive. This reminds me of Matthew 6:25 where Jesus says “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?” Jesus tells us to take no thought of what we eat, drink, or wear. These are basic necessities which we utilize every day. If we are to not think about these things, then why should we take on the care of the world?
When we learn to cast our care on God, God sustains us and our situations no longer move us. See Psalm 55:22 “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”
Additional Scriptures: Proverbs 12:25, 1 John 2:15-17
Prayer: Father, I ask that you forgive me for taking on the cares of this world and not casting my care on You. I ask You, O Lord, to show me how to cast the care in my life. Reveal to me if there is anything hidden that keeps me from fully trusting in You alone. Teach me to lay my burdens down at Your feet and help me to not pick it back up. I long to know You more. I long to be in Your presence. I pray for your wisdom and understanding to comprehend and apply these Scriptures I have learned today. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.