The thorny ground represents those who hear and accept the Good News, but all too quickly the message is crowded our by the cares of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for nice things, so no crop is produced. Mark 4:18
Faith usually grows slowly from a mustard seed into a huge tree. The disciples needed Jesus to explain the parables. They were amazed when he calmed the storm. The townspeople didn’t understand how a demon possessed man could suddenly be in his right mind. The crowd at Jairus’ house laughed when Jesus suggested the little girl was not dead. The woman Jesus healed from the bleeding disorder was one of only a few who understood the power of God immediately.
The power of God is puzzling and unnerving to most people. The gift of faith leads to understanding and acceptance of the power of God in Jesus Christ. The disciples had the physical presence of Jesus to mature spiritually. Beware of those things in life that could lead to an anorexic soul. Let’s plant ourselves deep into the Scriptures, prayer and the support of the Body of Christ to keep our faith vital.
Lord, thank you for the gift of faith. Get me out of the thorns and into productive soil where my faith can grow and be used to bear much fruit for your kingdom. Forgive me for those times I chose to hide in the shade of the thorns. You are an awesome God who had a plan for me from the beginning of time. Thank you for your forgiveness and love. In Jesus Name I pray