Matthew 13: 7. “And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them.”
It’s a funny thing about thorns, or weeds. They tend to take on the characteristics of the good plants among which they grow, but eventually they will choke out the good plants and leave nothing but weeds for the harvest.
I used to do some serious gardening. I’d plant early crops, like peas and lettuce, then wait eagerly for the first tiny shoots to appear. At that point, it wasn’t possible to tell which little green plants were weeds and which were peas. But in a little while, not really very long, the difference would become more obvious. As the peas began to flourish, the imitation was much easier to see, and I’d pull them out without pity.
Have you ever grown tomatoes? If you have, you know about suckers. These are stems that grow along the main vine, looking exactly like the real thing, until you begin to realize that they’re not going to produce any fruit; all they do is drain the life away from the tomatoes. Suckers. There’s only one remedy. Whack!
Weeds that grow up among carrots look just like the ferny carrot tops when the plants are young. Only a discering eye can tell the difference. When you’re sure, then you pull them and throw them on the compost heap. They’re worthless, and they’ll crowd out the sweet carrots.
The weeds are the lies Satan presents to us; they are the worries and cares of life that, if we aren’t vigilant, will overgrow and kill the good plants, and there will be no fruit. In Christianity, the thorns are the beliefs and practices that turn us from the truth and choke out the good seed. They would include the teaching, for instance, that one must earn his salvation through good works. Stop to think about that for just a moment.
If it were possible for us to earn heaven through our good works, then Jesus Christ did not need to die. It is a lie. It chokes out the good seed, and leaves nothing useful in the field.