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The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful.

Read the entire passage: Matthew 13:1-22


Wealth is usually not a friend to faith and does not treat most Christians well. As affluence grows—the heart is in danger. We don’t set out on this path, but this passage in Matthew reminds us that making wealth our life goal “chokes the word, making it unfruitful.”

Wealth deceives by attempting to convince you that you earned it, it will take care of you, a little more will be enough, it will solve my problems or it is the only scorecard that matters. Jesus reminds us that an improper view of money halts the work of God in our lives. The pursuit of wealth deafens our ears to the voice of God in his Scriptures. Jesus wants us to value him more than the good gifts he gives. He wants us to look out for opportunities to serve and practice generosity rather than accumulate.


In your Chair Time today, take out a blank note card or type in your mobile device and copy the words of Matthew 13:22. Carry this with you and pull it out when you are considering a major purchase. Ask God to help you identify your motivation for making this purchase. Consider how this purchase will help you practice radical generosity or put you in danger of self-centeredness.