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Are You Double-Minded?
All Campuses | Published on November 21, 2017
By Pastor Todd Cox
As I was preparing for my weekly D-Group at Cracker Barrel, I was reading from the book of James as part of my daily F-260 reading plan. James uses the term “double-minded” (1:8, 4:8) to describe the man whose mind is divided between God and the world. This is not a compliment in any way. James refers to the double-minded as “adulterous people” (4:4), and Matthew 6:24 says, “No one can serve two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
Thankfully, James gives some guidance:
“Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” (James 4:7-8, CSB)
Our relationship with God is often described as a walk. Meaning we should be actively following and pursuing God. I see many men who identify themselves as Christians but spend their time and energy pursuing their own agenda or the things of this world. They are intentional at work but passive when it comes to the Kingdom of God.
“A heart not deliberately set on seeking the heart of the Lord will settle for something else.”
I want to challenge you to re-evaluate your priorities. The world is constantly trying to capture your attention and lead you away from God.
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride in one’s possessions—is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world with its lust is passing away, but the one who does the will of God remains forever.” (1 John 2:15-17)