“The seed that fell among the thorns represents others who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced.” - Mark 4:18-19
I find that for myself (as well as many other believers) that this is sometimes the outcome of what we learn at church. It’s very easy to just say “well I’ve heard this before so I’m just gonna tune out”, or think about other things during church like worrying about an upcoming exam or work deadline, or what you will make for supper, or who’s driving who where after church. It’s so easy to make yourself believe you’re doing “all the right things” and then even question God why you don’t see any results in your spiritual life. We need to start not only hearing the message at church, but actually pay attention to it, and apply it to our lives. And we need to start not only whispering the words to the worship songs under our breath, but actually sing to the Lord for how great He is. Let’s stop being the seed that fell among the thorns, and start being the seed that, under the Farmer’s care, produces bountiful crops.