Devotional: Stop Having an Affair
No, I’m not talking about cheating on your girlfriend or wife. To pursue the world is tantamount to committing adultery against God. Matthew 6:24 tells us that a servant cannot serve two masters faithfully. As such, we are not able to hold both the hand of God and the hand of the world at the same time. We often find ourselves kissing up to a world that is hostile to the God we claim to love!
“You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself and enemy of God. Or do you think that the scripture speaks to no purpose: ‘He jealously desires the Spirit which he has made to dwell in us’?” –James 4:4-5
“Do not love the world of anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.” -1 John 2:15
“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.” –Matthew 6:24
James makes a powerful statement when he addresses our adulterous attitude when we befriend the world and make ourselves enemies of God. He’s writing accusing first century Christians of compromising and conforming to culture, so how much more should this convict us today given the compromises we have made!
We have a saving grace though. After the Church was formed, we were no longer called an adulterous people, but the “Bride of Christ.” We are able to have a close and personal relationship with our Savior.
I’m sure you’ve heard the song from David Crowder, ‘How He Loves’, right? I thought so. It’s a good song with a good message. God is jealous for us, for our love. James 4:5 says that, “He jealously desires the Spirit which he has made to dwell in us.
Exodus 34:14 “For the Lord whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God!”
A husband is jealous for the love of his wife, so how much greater is God’s jealousy for our love, attention, affection and desire? He opens His arms to us, full of grace and mercy that we can’t even come close to deserving. He offers us an eternity of fellowship with Him
So knowing all this, why do we continue in the pattern of thinking that says we have got it figured out? Stephen Davey, pastor of Colonial Baptist Church in Cary, NC, summarized it in a way that’s compelling and convicting, saying, “The proud man says ‘I’m fine on my own.’ The humble believer will say, ‘Are you kidding? I need thee every hour!’”
There is never, ever a point in life where we have it together on our own, when we don’t need the grace of God. His Grace really is like an ocean. What we see of it is the smallest fraction of the overwhelming whole. You can’t hold the hand of both masters, so stop having an affair, let go of the world, take your place as the bride of Christ and dive into the ocean of God’s grace. He’s waiting by the edge of the shore for you.