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Double Allegiances

I always used to wonder what Jesus meant when he said in the book of Matthew that you cannot serve both God and mammon (money). You will grow to either love the one and hate the other. Maybe out of ignorance, I never in my wildest dreams thought I could ever stop serving God. "Serve money? Who me?" By the way, I was a poor, unwise college student at the time.

Well, after living life, paying bills, buying necessities, battling inflation, and raising a family, I realized the temptation to look to money rather than God for help is frighteningly real. To focus on money, to turn to money, and to your own strength, becomes the faulty parachute one turns to when allegiances are not well managed. We grow indifferent to the one who made the gold and silver and turn to gold and silver as the one who will save us.

It's not an outright, "I hate you, God!" It's more a subtle shifting of allegiances to the point where God is not front and center in one's life. Indifference is a form of hate. Avoidance is another form. We spend time with the one we love and ignore the one we hate. Yes, lets call it for what it really is. Indifference is a form of hate.

What we do with our time reveals where our heart lies. Simply put: Do we spend time with God growing in our relationship with Him? Do we look at our finances first before we turn to Him in the morning? If we do, then we need to right the ship of our lives. It's definitely veering off course. It's ready to crash into a reef.

Psalm 27:4 states, "One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord and to meditate in his temple." Let this be your heart attitude in life. Let everything else take a backseat to this one allegiance. Let God create a quiet sanctuary in your heart that always honors and worships Him no matter where you are at during the day. Let your day begin with worshipping him rather than worshipping at the altar of your finances. Choose this day whom you will serve. God bless you folks.

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