ONE OR THE OTHER

Some of the most difficult decisions you will make in life will revolve around choosing to serve God rather than someone or something else.  Loving God affects your geography, your relationships, your time and your pursuits.  Love for God brings you into tension with almost everything that the world presents to you as opportunities. 

Love cannot really be love without bringing you to a sacrifice and a self-emptying.  It is in the giving of love that we find the life of God moving through us.  It is the divine give and take—the reciprocating nature of love’s emptying and filling.

Jesus spoke to the money hungry Pharisees with words that also stir a tension in us—a holy knot in the stomach.

Luke 16:
13 "No servant can serve two masters.  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 both God and Money."
 14 The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus.  15 He said to them, "You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of men, but God knows your hearts.  What is highly valued among men is detestable in God's sight.

God or money—you can only serve one.  There is an inherent tension in this that moves you to love the one and evade the other.  Which way are you moving?

God invites us to love Him with abandon.  Jesus tells us that we will be reciprocated if we love with all our heart, mind and strength.  The Father knows what we need and loves to give freely to His children.  But if you love money, you will be quickly distracted to self-seeking and guarding your earthly treasures.  Eventually, you will lose patience with God and your love will drift away.  Like the Pharisees, your hardened heart will sneer at Jesus.

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