Thorns – Goat Head

You gotta read Luke 8:4-15 – Then take a look at the pictures. Notice how these goat head thorn plants (Tribulus terrestris) take over a space. All the other plants are pretty much choked out and the plants that are living among these horrid creatures are pretty frail and vulnerable.

Imagine being one of those plants living among the thorns and then think about what Jesus said “And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature.”

I can see how bearing mature fruit, fruit that is ripe, fruit that is bursting with flavor; fruit that overflows our senses is virtually impossible in thorn rampant conditions like this. All the nutrients are being consumed by the thorns and robbing from the other plants, placing them in survival mode.

I want to be a fruit factory, producing mature fruit that is bursting with the flavor and aroma of Christ! I want to be in full production, not barley surviving!

Getting rid of these goat heads is going to take some work. Seems almost impossible. All of it will need to be removed. Some will try to come back but now that we know what these nasty things look like we can “nip em in the bud” – pick’em at the root and eventually this space will recover providing the soil necessary for the native grasses, sages and plants to reestablish.

Father, we want to be yoked to You! Not choked by the cares, riches and pleasures of this life! You know what is uniquely specific to each of us to clean out the thorns so we can grow richly and spiritually nutrient dense in You, bearing robust, flavorable ripe fruit, emitting the aroma of Christ! We open up fully to You to live as new creatures in what your created us to be! Cultivate us Holy Spirit!!!

The humanity of Jesus

This hit me like a train this morning. Luke 6:12-16

Jesus went out to the mountain to pray. It seems that He did this a lot in those days ๐Ÿ™‚ (12)

But one particular night Jesus prayed all night long. All night! That’s a really long time (12)

The result, however, of that all night prayer was something pretty huge. He chose which disciples would be apostles (13).

So if Jesus is praying to the Father all night long for big decisions and He is what we can be like . . .

Am I praying like this for the things the Father has laid on my heart . . .

This is some radical stuff. Made me rethink my evenings. What would result if I went for a sensational time or went to the mountain? What would result if I watched a movie or entered in prayer? What would result if I hit the pillow or got on my knees?

What would result?