Has your life changed since you became a follower of Christ? When you look back to the things that you did, the people that you hung out with, how you treated others, and where you spent your time, energy, and money is there a difference between the way you are now and the way you were then? If your life has not changed since becoming a Christian then you probably need to ask yourself whether or not you have really allowed Christ to be the Lord of your life. And if you have not allowed Christ to be the Lord of your life then you have to change something, because you cannot let the world rule you and still be a Christian. There are two great rulers in this world. One of the rulers is God and the other is Satan and you are either serving one or the other, but you cannot serve both. “Get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls. But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves” (James 1:21-22).
There is no sugar coating this message because the reality remains that if you are following Christ and you have allowed him to be the Lord of your life then you have seen a change in your life from your former self, even if you were a good person before you were saved. If you have not seen change in your life then you are only fooling yourselves and you need to make a change in your life. We all have a choice in whom we will follow, God or Satan.
No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.
The previous passage is speaking about storing up treasures on earth versus storing up treasures in heaven. It is not a passage that says that money is evil, because money is not evil, “But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many crowns” (1 Timothy 6:9-10). Money is neither good nor evil, but your motives with money and for money are thus if you seek to live a life that is only focused on money rather than on serving God then God is not your true master your self serving desires are.
Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
When our motives are to follow God at all costs then our lives will look vastly different then when we did not serve God and instead followed Satan. Our motives to serve God will overflow in all that we do just as our motives to serve ourselves and the world will overflow in all that we do.
Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.
So where is your heart today? IF your heart is focused on serving God who gives freely to all who seek Him then your life will begin to reflect His heart and your entire life will be changed. Your life will reflect that in which you follow, so take a good hard look at your life and see what it reveals. It’s not too late to turn back to God and repent for turning away. He understands that we are weak and sinful and that we will fall sometimes, but He also expects his children to turn back to him and to ask for forgiveness when we have departed from His way.
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else. Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.
So don’t be misled, my dear brothers and sisters. Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creations became his prized possession.
The blessings that we receive in there various forms from our Father in heaven who cares for us and loves us more than we could ever imagine far exceed anything that we could ever gain from our own selfish ambitions or from trying to be of this world. When we give our whole lives to God we will be blessed beyond measure even when troubles come our way.
For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let I grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.
God’s way is so different from the way of the world and the two cannot be combined. If we are seeking to please the world and others and in turn do not abide in God’s way then we have chosen the world over God, but if we chose to follow God and to seek Him first in all things we will be filled with wisdom and understanding in how to maneuver all the ways of the world in such a way that we will be a light for others just as Jesus was. Jesus was loved but not by all because he opposed the ways of the world. He opposed the hyper religious teachings of the day that took focus away from God and placed the focus on what they were doing instead. Jesus walked in love and spoke from a place of love in all situations, but he did not succumb to the world and its desires, because of His love and devotion to God. We too can live just as Jesus did, but we must also realize that we must oppose the ways of the world because of what Christ has done within us.
If you have turned away from God or have realized that you have been living for the world it is not too late! You can turn back to God today and be restored in Him. You can ask God for forgiveness and follow the ways that Jesus taught us to live. It’s not too late, but you and only you must make the decision. Each one of us is accountable for our actions and our choices in life and we will all be judged according to our choices. Give your whole life to God today as an offering to Him. Truly seek Him with all of your heart and you will see a change in your life as God blesses you and lavishes you with His love. Remember that you cannot serve two masters, because you will end up hating one and loving the other. So make your choice today in whom you serve. Will you serve God or will you serve Satan?