2 Kingdoms, 1 Choice
Matthew 6:24–26 states
No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand by and be devoted to the one and despise and beagainst the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (deceitful riches, money, possessions, orwhatever is trusted in).
Therefore I tell you, stop beingperpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing?
Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they?
Destined for more than worry
Everyday new concerns arise, threatening to choke out God out of our lives. I’ve been guilty of it, and probably you have as well. If God is a caring, loving Father that will take care of my every need, what should I focus on? I need to be focused of Him. That is all He wants and asks for.
In the last year, I’ve had the opportunity to spend more time with God. Spending that time clarified what it is I should focus on. I had individuals who knew my interests making suggestions all over the map, all of which failed. Those suggestions failed because I was busy serving man instead of looking to Jesus. Every job I lost wasn’t because I wasn’t good enough. I was. In the moment, I lost sight of doing the work onto God and couldn’t rekindle the vision within me.
When we begin to serve money and things, we lose perspective. The money, the things can’t come with us when we die. It doesn’t mean we can’t have things, but keep in mind what will happen to those things in the end. Every task, every job should be done as if unto the Lord. If the Lord is the focus in everything we do and we want to please the Father, shouldn’t everything be done with excellence.
Which will you choose?
For about ten years I tried to have my foot in both kingdoms. In that time I lost a lot. My health declined, I lost my job, my girlfriend left me, I was homeless twice. I was left broke, miserable, and upset. My faith wavered through the whole ordeal, until I quit trying to please everyone around me.
The decision to return to God was painful, but I didn’t want everything to end for me the way I wasn’t destined to be. Instead of the unconscious choices I made for ten years, I had to make conscientious ones. Choices with purpose behind them. Choices with a legacy mentality that superseded myself.
By taking the love we should have for people and misguiding it towards money and things, we lose of a far greater importance.