To Tell the Truth… Day 50 – Eliminate Distractions Part 3

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“The seed which fell among the thorns, these are the one who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to maturity.”
Luke 8:14

In Hebrews 4:12 we are told that the Word of God is living and active. The moment it is sown it has the potential to bring life changing fruit into our lives. It is through His Word and the Holy Spirit the Lord speaks to us. But we have been learning through Luke 8:14 that there are things that choke out the potential of God’s life changing word in our lives. First, there is the issue of worry. Second, there is the issue of riches. And thirdly, our focus for today, there is the issue of pleasures.
The word for ‘pleasure’ Jesus uses is the root for our english word ‘hedonism’. This is the doctrine that our happiness is the sole and chief good in life. This is the message of this world. But this is not the message of the Word! The message of the Word is to know Christ Jesus as our Lord and Savior, to delight ourselves in Him, seeking His kingdom and righteousness. The ultimate fruit of this pursuit is the “unspeakable joy of the Lord”. (I Peter 1:8-9)
Here Jesus describes those who appears to receive the Word, but quickly revert back to ‘business as usual’, which is the pursuit of the pleasures of this world. The things of this world remain the predominate pursuit of their lives. Their love for this world is much greater than their love for the world to come. Therefore, it doesn’t matter how many sermons they hear or devotions they read, the ‘living and active’ Word of God never brings forth life changing fruit in their lives. The pleasures of this world may bring them shallow and short moments of happiness, but the unspeakable Joy of the Lord is never within their grasp! Maybe it is time for a sincere heart examination. We can’t have it both ways.
Matthew 22:37
Preacher Stan