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Matthew 13:18-35, The Kingdom in the World | My Longing
We continue where we left off a week ago with the seed that fell on the thorns. While Jesus was speaking of the "failure" of His own sowing of the word of the kingdom among the crowd, His words are applicable in every age. "The anxiety of the age and the deceitfulness of riches utterly choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful" (Matthew 13:22). Wealth is the major impediment to hearing the word and understanding it: both the anxiety it produces and its deceitfulness. In the United States today our anxiety about wealth and the delusion of what having it promises has made our heart dull, our eyes blind and our ears deaf. Wealth does not only refer to money but to our obsession with materialism, possessions, consumption, economic security, social status, technology, efficiency, degrees, and so on. We may grow up Christian or convert to Christianity, but we nevertheless try to serve two masters. As hard as we try, mammon takes possession of our heart, and while we still profess