Luke 16: 13-15 13 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you 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 others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight. 

Ever date two people at the same time? Yeah, me neither but I knew a guy who did and here’s what he told me about the experience. It was awful. See, he liked both people but he just couldn’t decide which one he liked more. They both had good qualities, they both made him happy in their own way and he just didn’t want to give up the good things that he got from both and yet he knew he was being dishonest. Even though he’d never told either one that they were “exclusive” he knew that each of them wanted him for themselves.

Each of the people desired his whole heart, not just a portion. There was even a further complication. See, the one person was really popular. I mean really, really popular. So popular that if you were with them you were immediately accepted among the “in” crowd. It was instant status

On the other hand the other person really got to his heart. They spoke to him. He was maybe not seen as a cooler person to the rest of the crowd when he was with her but he was a better person because of her. He just couldn’t get over the pull in the other direction, especially when it came to social things. He was constantly torn.

So, how’d it all turn out you’re wondering? Not well, I’m afraid. Eventually he had to choose and he just couldn’t do it. When he finally ‘fessed up it sort of ruined both relationships. He never got over it. As far as I know he’s still single. He’s never found anyone else that made him feel as socially accepted as the first person nor touched him as deeply as the second. He just sort of pinballs around from relationship to relationship but I have hope for him.

I’m pretty sure someday he’ll give into someone that he’s able to give himself, his heart, completely to and he’ll be truly happy. Until then I pray for him. I pray for his heart and I pray for his commitment. I think someday God will show him the way again and this time he’ll listen.

What two things are you trying to serve? How would it feel to embrace the relationship God is offering?


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