The Best of Both Worlds – Part 1
he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does. James 1:8
Strap yourselves in. This might be a rough one. Having the ‘best of both worlds’ sounds like a great life plan, but really, it depends on the worlds we’re talking about. God is clear on certain ‘worlds’ not mixing: ‘…you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons’ (1 Corinthians 10:21). The thing is, our God is a jealous God. Not ‘jealous’ in the way that means God thinks “Oh, how I wish I had Mr. Smith’s car.” He’s ‘jealous’ in that He wants all of us, our full devotion, our whole selves. God deserves nothing less. And note, He wants it, at least in part, because He also knows that’s the best possible situation for us. If we give space in our hearts to His enemy (the very force that’s supposed to be our enemy too), He becomes jealous for that piece of our heart that should be His – for His glory, and for our protection. Every time we give our best to something that is not of Him, we compromise. We compromise our love, compromise our holiness, and compromise our relationship with God. And why should God stand for that? For God, compromising His love for us is not an option. He would never go there. The least we owe Him is our commitment to live our lives for Him and only Him. It’s better to say that the privilege and most natural response we have is to live our lives for Him and only Him. Good news: God’s Grace and Mercy gives us a new start each day!
Heavenly Father, help me live my life giving You my best and my attention. In Jesus’ Name, Amen