But the cares of the world, and the delight in riches, and the desire for other things, enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. Mark 4:19 (RSV)
So, these are the things that choke out God’s Word, rob us of contentment, and render us unfruitful. Cares and delights and desires threaten to monopolize our thoughts, consume our attention, and turn our minds and affections away from God. Such is the propensity of man who lives in this fallen world.
But Jesus did not intend for us to be taken out of the world, or shut ourselves away so we might never be tempted. He wanted us to go about doing good as He did. He wanted us to be His ambassadors. (See Matthew 28:19-20)
Now we have entered the season of Lent when many Christians give up something as a way to honor God and prepare their hearts to receive the risen Lord.
Lent is the forty day period which precedes the celebration of Christ’s resurrection. It reflects the forty days Jesus spent in the desert in prayer and fasting in preparation for ministry. After those forty days, he began preaching in Galilee. (See Matthew 4:1-11)
May this season be especially precious to us--a time of intentional personal reflection, committed to prayer and quiet times with God. While we think about Jesus and His life and ministry, we can focus our hearts and minds on Him and away from those other things that choke out God’s truth.
We will be refreshed and strengthened and more able to manifest the kingdom of God hidden in our hearts.
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Thank you for visiting Write Moments with God. I hope you will enjoy the season of Lent. I appreciate you.