Divided Loyalty

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“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon [money, possessions, fame, status, or whatever is valued more than the Lord]. Matthew 6:24 AMP

Have you ever seen a movie with a double agent? It can be confusing to follow their path at times. Double agents are operatives who work for the secret service of one country to spy and get information about another country. But, instead of spying only for the targeted country, they are working for the targeted country spying on the country that hired them. When that happens, which country are they loyal too?

Sometimes people of faith find themselves in the same dilemma; they serve God halfheartedly. When someone is assigned a task, you would prefer an enthusiastic worker instead of someone who works halfheartedly. They don’t care if the objective is fulfilled; they can’t be bothered if the project is completed on time; they don’t even care if the project is a success. Halfhearted workers can be a hazard in the workplace.

When you attempt to serve two masters, like the double agent, you can become double minded.  In the Old Testament, there are many accounts of double minded service.  2 Kings 17:33 says, They feared the Lord, yet served their own gods, following the custom of the nations from among whom they had been sent into exile.” How sad! They feared the Lord, nevertheless, they served their own gods also. This is true in the lives of people of faith today; their loyalty is divided. When you serve your own gods, whatever they may be, you are not serving the Almighty God!

When Joshua was old and nearing the end of his life he spoke to the people. He understood the nature of man to wander away from God. He served God willingly and wanted the people to do the same, He told them in Joshua 24:15, “If it is unacceptable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you live; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” You have to make the same choice today; don’t be a double agent. God does not accept divided loyalty. You cannot serve God and mammon.

Thought for Today: Friend, James 1:8 says that a double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.

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