9 Apr

“Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.  Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.  Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.” James 1:6-8

Can you relate to this verse? I know I can. Sometimes I feel like it is a constant battle between serving God and my love for the world. Like waves, we can be blown back and forth by whatever new thing the world has to offer us. This verse is a reminder to us; that our loyalty must be to God and to Him alone. If we find ourselves in the middle, God cannot give us anything we ask for, due to our lack of loyalty to Him.

1 John 2:15 says, “Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.”

It is clear that what the world has to offer us is not what is best for us. But more than that, this verse says that if you love the world, you do not have God’s love in you. This should scare us a little bit. There are some days when I find myself still wanting to be part of the things of this world, even though I know it is just fleeting pleasure. We have to constantly remind ourselves to hate the things of this world, for the love of God is not in it.

“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other.” Matthew 6:24

Not only does our first verse say that divided loyalty results in being unstable in everything we do, the Bible also says that it impossible to love both God and the world. It is impossible to serve both wholeheartedly. Eventually, you will hate one and love the other.

God is a god who demands our all. It is not okay to simply be tossed like a wave back and forth. We have to be solid and committed to serving Him. His expectations for us are high.

Jesus says in Luke 10:27, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.”

Being like a wave in the sea is not good enough for our God. He demands our all. As long as we continue to be like waves, getting tossed between our love for the world and our love for God, we cannot receive all that God wants us to have in Him.

Don’t be like a wave tossed back and forth in the sea. Commit yourself fully to Him. Love God and not the world. Give Him your all.


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