This verse is part of a parable about the things of the world that stop people from understanding the Bible (It’s known as the Parable of the Sower).
The Bible makes it clear: Wealth keeps people from understanding God’s Word. Not convinced? There are many verses and parables that say money is dangerous: Hebrews 13:5, 1 Timothy 6:10, Matthew 6:24, Luke 12:33-34 (And many more. I could go one, but it would be a long list).
So why do people preach that wealth is inherently good? That’s easy. They want to be wealthy, so they look for what they want in the Bible, (keywords: Bible, lazy) and they ignore the avalanche of verses that don’t back up their desire. Then they add that wealth is actually a sign of God’s favor!
If you think about it, that’s pretty ironic. It’s the deceitfulness of wealth that sends people to the Bible to trying to prove that wealth isn’t actually deceitful.
What should Christians do instead?
Verse 20: “Like seed sown on good soil—hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop.”
And the word says that “the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil” (1 Timothy 6:10). Pretty simple, really.