Luke 8:14 – 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.
Many believers are affected by the thorns of life. The cares, riches, and pleasures of this life chokes out a life wholly dedicated to God.
When people are more concerned about the riches and pleasures of this life, they are not concerned about their afterlife and how they prepare for it. They are only concerned about the here and now, pleasures which satisfy the soul, but not spirit. Though the believer produces fruit, it cannot grow to perfection. It does not have the proper setting (within the heart, mind, or soul) to mature. It will be lacking, unable to meet its potential, and short of the standard it was always meant to meet.
In order for us to enjoy fruit borne to perfection, we must be able to cast off the cares, riches, and pleasures of this life that were once the object and affection of our hearts. We must be able to delight in the Lord and allow Him to be our joy and reward.
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