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.

Matthew 13 : 22

On my birthday my Granny, very generously, gave me some money to spend, and she did so by giving me some bank notes. When I went to spend it realised that it was the first time in months that I’d actually handled physical. Even before the pandemic I was an early adopter of contactless, and ever since I’ve avoided paper cash like the plague (no pun intended).

While I love the convenience, contactless payments remind us that we are so detached from money. At least in Jesus’s day money was a physical thing you owned. Now our money is hidden in bank balances, or transformed into debt. We cannot see our money, which means we need to be all the more careful of how it is influencing our lives.

Jesus in this parable is clear, money can be deceitful and can twist the good news into something unfruitful. So we need to be wary of how money, whether the cash in our pocket or tapped through our cards, is influencing our day

Prayer: Generous God thank you that you have provided me the resources to get through my day. But help me to be mindful of how I use money and to never let it become the focus of my attention and desire. I seek to serve you not Mammon.

Action: Next time you pay for something don’t just tap and go, take a moment to think about what you’re spending money on, Be mindful of the role money plays in your everyday life.

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