“As for the seed that fell among thorns, these are the ones who, when they have heard, go on their way and are choked with worries, riches, and pleasures of life, and produce no mature fruit.” (Luke 8:14 HCSB)

Jesus mentions three things in our lives that can choke out the Word of God as it comes to us:

1. Worries – Cares, concerns which rule us.  The word [and all worries] are looking to the future and wondering how needs will be met.  Tyndale Commentary: “In keeping with this meaning, the words are usually  concerned with objects in the future …Like the OT, the NT understands care chiefly as the natural reaction of man to poverty, hunger and other troubles which befall him in his daily life. Oppressed by the burdens laid upon him, man imagines himself delivered to a fate before which he stands powerless. By his care man tries to protect himself as best he can from what confronts him.”

Worries do not trust in the God of rest and provision.

2. Riches – Easy to see how this would choke out the Word of God.  Riches allow me to think [wrongly] that whatever needs I have, I can take care of myself.

3. Pleasures of life – The Greek word is hedone, from which we get “hedonistic”: the love of pleasure.  We are more interested in pleasing ourselves and having a comfortable life than listening to the Word of God come to bear on our hearts and actions.

The result:  No mature fruit (HCSB).