Mark 4.19 observes, all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced.
The problem in America isn’t God but His people not obeying God. The will of God is for the people of God to love Him first and most resulting in their working for Him to establish His Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
What does the kingdom of God on earth look like? Simply, it is where everyone loves and obeys the King.
Who is this king? Jesus, God as Man, Who made possible the establishment of His Kingdom when He died for the evil of humanity and rose again thus defeating death through His resurrection.
The means for establishing His kingdom on earth is for His people to lose their lives for His sake and the gospel by loving people hostile to His ways until they are won over through the sacrificial love and service demonstrated by His people. Not complicated but immensely difficult when God’s people crowd out His Word through caring more about solving earthly problems, obtaining wealth and wanting things in this world more than wanting to see people love God in this world.
Most Christians complain they have too little time or money to invest in God’s work. This ‘reality’ is the result of investing all available time and money on surviving and thriving in this world. God promises those who seek first Him and His kingdom will have all they need to survive in this world.
God likens our existence here to a weekend camping trip, we only need the necessities. Our real home is in His eternal kingdom where everyone has everything they ever need forever.
The only thing missing from God’s perspective is people. He gave us the work of producing children physically and winning people spiritually so that the kingdom to come is comprised of all people from all tribes and tongues.
The Church is to work at the will of God if it is to experience the presence of God and the peace of God on earth as it is in heaven.
The Church, the people who call themselves Christians, must stop crowding out the Word of God with the world and its temporary pleasures if we are to produce people who love God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength and love their neighbor as they love themselves.