Mark 4:18-19 Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
The Amplified Bible says it like this:
The cares and anxieties of the world and distractions of the age and the pleasure and delight and false glamour and deceitfulness of riches and the craving and passionate desire for other things creep in and choke and suffocate the word and it becomes fruitless
These cares, distractions and desires don’t come rushing in. It says that they creep in….slowly, unnoticed at first. Only taking a little bit of time and attention at first….then a little bit more….until you find whole chunks of your life given over to these “other things” and every spiritual thing is crowded out. The enemy so often finds success when he works incrementally. This why the Scriptures tell us not to give place to the devil (Eph. 4:27). Not even a small place…..for he will take any small piece of your life/time/thoughts/activities that you might not be guarding, but rest assured that he will not rest with only that small part. He’s not seeking whom he may trifle with, but whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8)
Protect your life by staying close to Jesus. Be so utterly consumed with Him that there’s no room or opportunity for creeps.