Double-Mindedness: The Hannah Montana Syndrome of Christians
(I really don’t know why I keep referencing Miley Cyrus and Hannah Montana in this blog, but hey, there’s a point to this.)
If you’re a Christian, then you won’t have the best of both worlds if you’re living a life where there is a constant clash between the spirit and the flesh. In other words, if your spiritual life (your relationship with God) is vastly different from your normal life, eventually you’re going to run into some trouble. Whether the trouble arrives in the form of guilt or a consequence for your actions, it’s God’s way of showing you that a change has to be made: ditch the double-mindedness and worship Him in all that you do, not just when you feel like it.
“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”
If you’re feeling like your relationship with God is struggling, consider how you have got your priorities lined up in your life. It’s easy to say that God is your “number one”, but are you really living your life as if He is? I’m as guilty as anyone, and I really have to work at continually focusing on God instead of giving in to everyday temptations. Sometimes we’re going to give into temptations, because we’re merely human and will inevitably mess up from time to time; however, we can’t make teeter-tottering between sin and righteousness a habit. Salvation isn’t a “I kinda believe in Jesus” thing. Salvation is granted when you fully accept that Jesus died for your sins, and you actively work to turn from your old ways. Therefore, if we are living with a double-mind, spirit versus flesh, it’s as if we’re walking on a tightrope where we’re trying to appease both God and our own sinful desires, and you can’t serve two masters.
“A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”
If we’re waking on a tightrope between God and sin, eventually we’re going to trip and fall. Most likely we’re going to land in the land of sin, due to the fact that we were not making God our main priority from the beginning. As the verse above states, a double minded person is unstable in all of their ways, meaning that they are going to make a mess of themselves if they don’t pinpoint their focus to the only One who can help them out: God. Remember, one step towards sin will lead you closer to sin. On the other hand, one step towards God can cleanse you from your sinful past, and as long as you continually make an effort to run to His arms with each passing day, you can avoid the tightrope for good. You won’t fall as long as you let God catch you.
Good day and God bless!