Aug 1, 2012

Wednesday in the Word: The Deceitfulness of Wealth in America?

We follow along as Jesus explains the parable of the seeds to his disciples. We will focus in on a small portion of this text as we discuss money in America.
“Listen then to what the parable of the sower means:  When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path.  The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy.  But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.  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. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

                                                            Matthew 13: 18-23

Let's focus in on a single phrase: "The worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke out the word."

Do the worries of life and the deceitfulness of wealth still impact our lives today?
How have these things tried to choke out the word in your family?
Is our American pursuit of wealth at odds with what God really has for us?
What would happen if one family embraced the Word of God instead of our worries and our wealth?
What would happen if an entire community, your community, did the same?
Have you seen these changes in a community? Please share stories and feedback.
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