Luke 8:14 (NKJV)
If you have ever had a garden, or worked in a garden, you know that one thing you have to watch out for are the weeds. Weeds will hurt the plants you actually want to grow because weeds will take the water and other valuable nutrients away from what you have planted. If you are not careful to watch over your garden and get rid of the weeds, then your plants will be choked and not grow the way that they should and you will not have the results in your garden that you could have had.
God's Word is like a seed and it can grow in our life. In the parable of the sower, Jesus talked about the seed of the Word of God being sown and what happened to that seed in different situations. The sad part in the parable is that Jesus said that only a portion of what was sown, 25% of the seed, actually bore fruit and produced as it should. Was the problem with the seed or even the one who sowed the seed? No, the productivity problem was with what happened after the seed was sown.
When God's Word is sown into our life, through our own time of reading and studying God's Word, or in some other way, we have to be careful that we don't allow other things to choke off that Word; that prevents fruit from being produced. Just like weeds compete with plants for water and nutrients, there are things in our life that will compete for our attention and with our responsibility to act on what God's Word tells us. We have to be sure that we do not allow anything to choke off the Word of God in our life.