One call that is expected of every believer, is the call to grow into maturity. The Bible says in 1st Corinthians 13:11 — “When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.” Growth is very essential in our walk with God. If we are not growing then we are drifting. The scripture here encourages us to receive the word of God with sincere hearts fixed on God. Thorns here represent the cares of this life. We can listen to great sermons, read the word daily and listen to all the worship there is, but if our hearts are consumed with the pleasures of this world, it will eventually choke the word of life in us, which makes it hard to live out lives sold out to God. We know the cares of this life that consume us, whether it be social media, our businesses, the desire to be in a relationship or even just the drive to make it in life. All these things are great, but they begin to choke the truth when we put them first & give all our attention to them. The Bible says in Mathew 6:24 — “No one can serve two masters. For you will love one and hate the other.” Your growth is determinant on who you choose to serve & give your time/effort to. The cares of this life, that only profit but a little, or the creator who encompasses life that is abundant & internally satisfying.