Published February 2, 2016

Shelia Shares
"A Necessary Choice"

Let's create a scene in your mind. You are driving down the road and glance over to see me standing there beside the road. You pull over and ask me, "Where are you going?"

I smile and say, "I'm going South-North."

You wonder if you heard me right and question me again. This time I answer, "OK. I'm going North-South."

I can imagine the next statement out of your mouth will be, "You can't go both ways. You either go North or you go South. You can't go both ways at one time." As you think about it further, you might even say, "If you go North a while and then turn around and go South a while, you will end up right back here."

Now, what is the reason for this little scenario? What is the point? Spiritually, you can't serve God and anything else. The two are opposites just like North and South. Either you serve God or you serve other things, but you can't do both at the same time.

Luke 16:13 reads: "No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon."

Often we refer to mammon as money or riches, but it might be translated as our attitude toward money and the priority we give to riches.

Who or what has priority in your life? Does your time get devoted to money or God? Do your thoughts focus on money or God? When you speak, is your discussion of money or God?

God gives us everything we have and having money isn't bad It is our attitude towards money. It is our use of money. It is our greedy pursuit of gain and allowing money to control every aspect of our lives.

In the physical world, I need to decide to go North or to go South. If I decide to go both ways at once, I won't move at all.

Spiritually, I need to make a decision, as well. I can't serve God for a couple hours on Sunday and then work on being popular and having money and seeking status and power the rest of the time. Either God is God every day everywhere in every way or God isn't God. It's your choice. Choose wisely.

- Shelia

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