Matthew 13:22 “The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful.”

This is an amazing statement, “the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful.” My worrying can actually make the Word of God unfruitful in my life! Wow! I’m good at worrying. I never realized that by allowing myself to worry, I am hindering the work of the Word in my heart and in my life. It makes sense if you think of the fruit of the Spirit as described in Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Each of these is affected by the level of worry going on inside of me. Worry preoccupies me, reducing my capacity to show love to others. Worry takes me to fear which saps my joy. Peace is the result of trust; where worry is the result of a lack of trust. Worry causes me to be impatient, wanting to get things done. When I worry, I am short with others and I become selfish and self-focused. I forget about the needs of those around me and seek only to meet my needs and medicate my feelings.

How does worry impact your life? Does it make the Word of God unfruitful for you? Let’s both strive to hold fast to God’s Word instead of straying into worry. His Word will produce abundantly more fruit if we let it.