Plot Twist: Week 1 - Day 3

Opening Prayer:

God, open my mind to receive your word today. Humble my heart so that I may acknowledge and accept what you are trying to teach me.

Read: Luke 8:7, 14

“Other seed fell among the thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants.”

“The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.”


Reflect:

This third type of soil mentioned by Jesus is good soil. Maybe too good. While the plant will grow in this environment, so will thorns. These thorns can get in the way of the plant putting down roots and building a solid foundation.

Thorns can spring up in our life as well. One of the ways I think we can be robbed of putting down roots is by being distracted. A distraction is defined as, “a thing that prevents someone from giving full attention to something else.” There is so much in our culture today that can divert our focus from Jesus. These distractions might even be good things: friendships, volunteering, or even family. God doesn’t want us to give up on these things, but I think he cautions us not to let them become the center of our lives. I can have a hard time saying no to these good distractions, and then I often find myself over-scheduled and under-equipped to turn my focus to Jesus. Not only do we have to worry about these good things stealing our attention, we also must worry about the distractions not of God, such as greed, lust, comparison, and popularity. God calls us to remain in him. That means keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus and his will and purpose for our life. We will need to find ways to make sure that distractions, good or bad, do not pull our hearts away.

Apply:

Make a list of the things that are important in your life. Are any of these things at risk for becoming a distraction from God? Talk about this with someone close to you this week. Ask them to pray that you can realign your heart and mind with Jesus. Have this person help keep you accountable in this area of focus.

Closing Prayer:

God, I know I can become distracted by all that is going on around me. I pray that you help me see anything in my life that might be keeping me from knowing you more. Walk along side me and keep me focused on you.

Terry Schneider