By Milton HarrisIn this weeks blog, we are moving into part three of our four part series "What Batch Are You In?" from Luke 8: 5-8. So Far we covered the batch of seeds that fell by the wayside (the hearers only batch), and the batch that fell on the rocky soil (the two-faced batch). Today I want to quickly talk about the third batch that is found in verse 7 which, the bible says fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. Jesus in verse 14 explains that this batch are the people that once they have heard the word of God, they are choked with the cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity.
Do you know anyone like that? Are you in this batch? I know I was up until not too long ago. For some reason I equated how well someone was doing in life to the material things that they had. Yeah I know that sounds bad but, haven't you ever felt like if I could just get that big house, or that nice car, or buy the most expensive clothes I'll be successful? Don't get me wrong I definitely loved The Lord but, at one point I was so focused on chasing after money and the things that this world had to offer, that I didn't realize that what God had to offer me was far better. I thought success meant having a lot of money and indulging in whatever earthly pleasures I wanted to. God gave me a reality check from this type of thinking, when one day my car died and I didn't have money to buy a new one so I had to borrow my moms 1986 Cadillac Deville with the rag top. Can you say embarrassing? This was definitely not a car that somebody who was ballin would drive. This car was old as dirt, it made loud noises as I drove it, and it was so old that when It came out in 1986 I was only three years old. All my co-workers who had their nice BMW's and New Millennium aged cars laughed at my car and made jokes, calling it the pimp mobile. Initially, I was embarrassed because I didn't have the things that society was telling me a successful person should have. Then it happened. It the midst of all the jokes and feelings of shame God spoke to me and revealed something to me that the people in this batch will never realize. LIFE IS NOT ABOUT OBTAINING MATERIAL THINGS THAT WILL EVENTUALLY FADE AWAY! I was so caught up on how the car looked and sound that I almost didn't see the blessing of God being a provider in my life and giving a working car to get me from point A to point B. This batch thinks that it's the money that's in their bank account that makes them who they are. Their material possessions validate them and they are willing to do whatever cut-throat, devious, back-stabbing thing to their fellow man for their own personal gain. This is also the batch of people who stunt the most and are flat-out living a lie.This batch needs to take heed to the song by Biggie Smalls "More money more problems". I hear so many people talking about how Cash Rules Everything Around Me and how getting money is all that matters. This batch is so consumed with material things that the life is choked out of them. They are so focused on their cares that they aren't being fruitful and helping anyone else out. They stock pile resources after resources to only keep for themselves. They never use their blessings to be a blessing to someone else because in their mind that just doesn't make sense and they are slowly choked and they never grow to maturity. Having nice things are great but when we make our whole life about obtaining things, Luke 9:25 tells us for what profit is it a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?
My takeaway for those of you in this batch is to remember that possessions are like sand running through a hour glass, they eventually fade away. So whatever you wish for in life, seek God first and all these thing shall be added to you.
What Batch Are You In?