18 Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word,
19 and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
In the parable of the sower we have already seen that those whose hearts are wayside soil or stony ground when they hear the Word of God preached, there is no faith produced because the Word cannot fully grow. So it is also with this third type of heart condition known as thorny ground. This person like the first two hears the Word, but notice after the Word begins to grow it is choked out by the thorns. What are these thorns?
Jesus teaches us these thorns are the cares of this world, deceitfulness of riches, and the desire for other things. This is a believer whose priorities are on the things of this world. Because their heart is set on worldly things, they are someone who may get caught up with the cares of life, and therefore they worry. Worry and faith do not mix. Worry will choke out faith every time. We are told to cast our cares upon Him for He cares for us.
The deceitfulness of riches is someone who thinks money is their answer, but money cannot fix all things in our life, God can. The desire for others things happens when God takes a back seat in our lives. When God is not our priority in life these thorns begin to grow and they will choke the Word in our hearts and keep it from producing faith. They will cause us to speak words of doubt and unbelief, speaking contrary to the Word of God. If you don’t want to be thorny ground, God must be your priority in life everyday.