Here we confront two mutually exclusive, diametrically opposed if-then statements, each claiming to be true. The first is from the enemy and goes like this: if we chase created things—wealth, status, sex, power —then our lives will be more full, and we’ll have more peace, joy security, freedom, fulfillment, significance. The second is from God: if we chase Him, our Creator—if we listen to Him, if we surrender, if we love, if we serve— then our lives will be more full, we’ll have more peace, joy, security, serenity, freedom, fulfillment, significance.
The simple question before us, therefore, is which statement will we believe and adopt and follow in faith. But, before we can answer, we’ve got to get serious. We’ve got to stop playing around, trying to convince ourselves the statements are not actually mutually exclusive and not actually diametrically opposed. We’ve got to stop trying to convince ourselves we can believe both statements at once, that we can prioritize both created things and the Creator—and that it’ll be okay if we try. We can’t and IT’S NOT.
“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 ” Matthew 6: 24
We must Choose. And, it’s a real choice between good and evil. So I say again—Who makes the will of God his only rule.
“Teach me your way, O Lord, I will walk in your truth…” Psalm 86:11