Mark 4:19—And the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the Word. and it becometh unfruitful.
(MSG) 18-19 "The seed cast in the weeds represents the ones who hear the kingdom news but are overwhelmed with worries about all the things they have to do and all the things they want to get. The stress strangles what they heard, and nothing comes of it.
John 15:19—If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
(MSG) 18-19 "If you find the godless world is hating you, remember it got its start hating me. If you lived on the world's terms, the world would love you as one of its own. But since I picked you to live on God's terms and no longer on the world's terms, the world is going to hate you.
LORD, the world has made a bid for my heart and soul. Please set me free from its inordinate pull. Please help me find a balance in my affairs of life so I can live the life of a Kingdom person.