Luke 8:14

As for what fell in the midst of thorns these are the ones who hear; but as they go along, worries and wealth and life’s gratifications crowd in and choke them, so that their fruit never matures. (CJB)
     Worries, wealth, and life’s gratifications can keep us from maturing in the faith.  Wealth is  straight-forward, our treasure is on the earth where moth and rust corrupt and where thieves break in and steal.  What good is this kind of treasure?  We cannot take it with us.
     Life’s gratifications are those things that replace God as first in our affections.  This is hedonism, the love of and pursuit of pleasure.  It is both ultimately empty in this life—pleasure has diminishing returns—and of course no good in the life to come.
     Worries are the things that grow so large in our concern that they turn us away from trusting God.  We are more concerned about what might happen than we are about casting our anxiety upon the one who cares for us.  This leads to spiritual stagnation.
     May we cast our cares on Christ and pursue him as our treasure.  In this way we will keep growing in the faith.