the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness
of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. "And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this
is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty,
and some thirty."
New American Standard
What Difference Does A Little Inactivity Make, Anyway?
In Matthew 13:22-23, the only difference between the seed sown among weeds and the seed sown on good soil is in the action of the hearer. Both
heard the Word, but only one acts on what he hears. Think about this. The seed sown on good soil could easily be overcome
and choked out by weeds if action were to become inaction. What if spiritual laziness sets in?
What would happen if,
a person has a vegetable garden and next to this garden is a small patch of kudzu? They cannot spray it with a herbicide because
of the danger of it drifting onto the plants. What should they do? They must go out every day to monitor the situation and
take whatever action is appropriate. Perhaps they needs to cut the kudzu back, or maybe it will be okay for another day.
The point is that the gardener must be stirred to diligent action. What happens if they tried to manage the kudzu from
their bed or from the easy chair in front of their television?
The biblical term for someone who is spiritually inactive,
or even asleep, is Laodicean! What Revelation 3:14-18 describes as a Laodicean is nothing more than a Christian choked by weeds. The Laodicean knows that kudzu is out there, but
their attitude is lethargic. "I'll get to it later," they say. "My favorite show is coming on!" The Laodicean
says in verse 17, "I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing." What did Christ say the weeds were? The cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the pleasures of this life!
Every day we have to "hoe" our spiritual
garden. Prayer and Bible study we all understand about-we know how necessary they are to Christian growth. But we need to
go even further and fight, root out, the weeds. Is that television show, novel, movie, sportscast or employment an entanglement?
Are we spending too much time trying to "make it" or "get ahead" or "keep up with the Joneses"?
Do we allow ourselves to become easily sidetracked by "little things"? While sleeping late instead of getting up
early to pray, is kudzu creeping over our fruit?
Ask yourself, "Am I asleep?" If you know you are not asleep,
ask, "Am I coasting?" You may find that you have allowed other pursuits to crowd out higher, spiritual priorities.
If so, you need to wade into your overgrown garden and begin pulling out weeds by the fistful.