Within the Parable of the Sower we find 3 things that can choke the word of God. The verses that speak about those three things are Mark 4:18-19.
18 And others are the ones on whom seed was sown among the thorns; these are the ones who have heard the word, 19 but the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
A consequence for not bearing fruit
In Luke 13:6-9 we find another parable concerning bearing fruit. We are told about an owner of a fig tree who looked for fruit on his tree and found none. And how the owner gave orders to cut it down.
6 And He began telling this parable: “A man had a fig tree which had been planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and did not find any. 7 And he said to the vineyard-keeper, ‘Behold, for three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree without finding any. Cut it down! Why does it even use up the ground?’ 8 And he answered and said to him, ‘Let it alone, sir, for this year too, until I dig around it and put in fertilizer; 9 and if it bears fruit next year, fine; but if not, cut it down.’”
Since being unfruitful can lead to serious consequences we too should be serious about removing the things that choke the word of God and render us unfruitful.
Scripture quotations taken from the "NASB" (www.lockman.org)
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