The Parable of the Sower…”Some fell among thorns…”
Greetings So Fyh readers and subscribers, thank you for keeping up with this series of articles, I pray it has helped you as much as it has inspired me to bring it to you. The third part of the parable which states, “And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them.” (Matthew 13:7 KJV) I once heard this saying about the beauty of a Rose and the potential danger that comes with handling a Rose as it relates to people’s criticism of God the Father sending His Son, Jesus the Christ
As I said in the first article, the seeds are the words of God and where they fall when broadcasted are the receiver of His word, i.e…US! We have to live in this world until God call us all home to live with him in Paradise, but until then, we must not “conform to the ways of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our mind.” (Romans 12:2) In other words, things that we put ahead of God becomes our god and thus choke out the word (seeds) of God and we become unfruitful (not good for anyone or anything).
In the above example saying, the first criticism is not anything new that has been heard throughout the history of this world. Let’s just take a headline that has dominated our worldview. Most recently the Terrorist Acts in France, some would say “If there is a God, why would He allow this type of Terrorism to go on and harm His people.” The Terrorism they speak of would represent the “thorns” of life and His people represent the “rose.” The critical person’s definition of the terrorist as a thorn in the side of society would be an accurate view of someone who is looking and thinking with their carnal eyes and mind. However, if you’re looking through your Christian eyes, you would see that we are the thorns and not the rose. The second part of the saying…”some praise God for putting a Rose among thorns.” The Rose is Jesus Christ and we are the thorns.
God put Jesus among his people so that all who believed might be saved, but in order for this to happen, we must stay close to Jesus, thus the Rose and the thorns. The thorns on a rose does not take away from the beauty of the rose, nor does it diminish its meaning. If you’ve ever given or received a rose or bouquets of roses, it brightens your day to know that someone cared enough about you or you about them to send or receive such a gesture. You will also notice that the thorns on the rose’s stem are never taken off, they remain because everyone knows roses comes with thorns.
Having to grow up in a place where you might not have all the best things in life doesn’t define you or mean that is your future, because if you have Jesus, people will see how beautiful the rose in you are and not care about the thorns around it.