-Spurgeon, "Sown Among Thorns"
Some Christians nowadays have a butterfly Christianity.
When time, and strength, and thought,
and talent are all spent upon mere amusement,
what else are men and women but mere butterflies?
O dear hearers, surely we did not come into this world to
'play' away our days!
I do not think we came into this world either to slave
ourselves to death, or to rust away in laziness.
We have come here as a man enters into the porch-
that he may afterward enter the house.
This life is the doorway to the palace of heaven.
Pass through it in such style that you may enter
before the King with holy joy.
If you give your minds and thoughts to these passing things,
be they what they may, you will ruin your souls, for the good
seed cannot grow.
"The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns
is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and
the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful."