Inside Out: Double-Minded…
We can not serve two masters. We can not serve God and earthly scenarios at the same time. Try as we might one will be loved and the other will not. One will have our attention and the other will get whatever scraps remain.
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. ~James 1:8 NKJB
When we set out on a new endeavor do we continue to work on the old? When we acquire a new car do we continue caring for the old car as we do the new?
When we turn our lives over to the care of God we continue doing all the things as we did before – why? Some changes occur, but how much of our life changes? How much do we give Him and how much do we keep for ourselves? Do we pick up our cross, sacrifice and care for the lest of these in our everyday life? Do we visit the orphans and widows (and the homeless) everyday? Are they part of everyday life?
If we start a new path should we continue walking the old path or should we shake off the dust from the old?
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. ~Matthew 23:27-28 NKJB
It is a challenge to let go of the old and embrace the new. Building something from nothing makes it more of a challenge as our brain tells us that we made it! We didn’t make anything, the devil plays into our false pride and we convince ourselves that “we built that” – we didn’t. Our hands were used by God to create what He needed us to experience.
Either the Gospel is the divine Word of God teaching us how to live and how to be a reflection of Him, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.