We live in a culture that is always striving for more. It is difficult for many of us to be content with what we have. The constant bombardment of advertisements causes discontentment to rise in our hearts. We want the newest, the best, and the greatest things. Even though we have gadgets collecting dust in the basement, closets full of clothes, and cupboards full of food, we are not satisfied. We want more.
In a post he wrote for Storyline Blog, Joshua Becker reminds us of the danger our wealth and possessions have on our hearts.
Recently, I was driving through Seattle with a good friend in ministry. We were talking about Jesus, money, and possessions — a subject very dear to my heart.
I told him I had been challenged by the Parable of the Sower. In the story, Jesus taught about the four types of foundations in which we can receive the seed of God’s word.
“What I find so challenging in this parable,” I said to my friend, “is Jesus’s explanation of the third seed being choked by thorns and weeds. Do you know what He said keeps the seed from full maturity? He says it is wealth, pleasure and worry — the very things America is most known for.”
My friend responded defensively.
“Don’t you mean ‘the love of money keeps us from maturity?’ Isn’t that what Jesus said choked out the fruit?”