“And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful” (Mark 4:18-19).
In the parable of the sower, Jesus outlines the types of ground to be found in the garden of our souls. He describes first the seed of the Word which fell by the wayside and was swallowed up by the fowls of the air, which represent Satan. Next, He describes the seed which fell on stony ground and was scorched because it did not take root. Then came the seed which fell among thorns.
Thorns were first mentioned in the Bible in Genesis 3:17-18 “And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field”
The theme of thorns in the Word of God represent the curse we brought upon our own heads due to sin and disobedience to God.
The good news is the Jesus quite literally took our curse upon His precious head at Calvary. The Roman soldiers in John 19:2-5 platted a crown of thorns and placed it on Jesus’ head to mock Him. Little did they know they crowned The King with the very symbol of our sin curse. 2 Corinthians 5:21 “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.“
This, however, does not mean we have no responsibilities once saved. We each of us have thorns in our lives, and sin, when left unchecked, choke out the Word of God from our lives. We may think we are secure. We go to church each Sunday and have stopped cursing, fornicating, etc. But there is still a thorn. It may be the occasional drink or a visit somewhere we have no business being. There is still a thorn. We think we are okay because “look at all the things I no longer do!”, but Jesus didn’t say “go forth and sin only occasionally, doing the one thing you don’t want to give up”. No, Jesus said “go forth and sin no more“( John 8:11).
What’s more, we are to have no gods before Him, and whatever it is in your life that you love more than God is your god. To rest on our laurels once saved by the Grace of God would be a grave mistake. Solomon saw in Proverbs 24:30-31 what became of the field of the slothful as he passed by a vineyard overgrown with thorns. When left unchecked, thorns tend to take over wherever they are allowed license. So pick up the Sword, which is the dusty Bible on the shelf of forgotten nicknacks. Cut away the thorns in your life. Use it as a plowshare, which is the cutting edge of a plow that digs into the soil and cuts the furrow. Break up the stony ground full of sin and dead things. This is the best type of soil for growing good fruit. As a garden needs tending, so too the garden of our souls.

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