“Now these are the ones among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the ares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word and it becomes unfruitful” (Mark 4:18, 19).
As I read these verses I thought of ministers whose riches (wealth) have perverted their teachings and making them unfruitful. I thought of Christians whose desires for other things choke the word of God. Their desires lead them to seek other things such as spirituality.
Paul wirted to Timothy about these things. “Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. but those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (1 Timothy 6:6-10).
Paul urges us to flee from these things and pursue:
Thank You, Lord for encouraging me to read the Gospel of Mark. I am seeing a lot of things because You have opened my eyes. Thank You.