DAILY PILGRIM PASSAGE
OCTOBER 12, 2021
He’s coming Back- “GIVE IT ALL”
As this world goes on we live and love. How we live sometimes determines whether we love, are hurt when loving, or learn from love; for better or worse. When we love we want it to be sincere.
Scripture tells us in Romans 12:9: Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Colossians 3:14: And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. We can see this played out in the story found in 1 Kings 3:16-18 of two mothers claiming before King Solomon that each was the real mother of an infant son. The wise king ordered that the baby be split in two, with one-half of the baby going to each mother. The mother with the sincerest love cried out to give the baby to the other woman.
Her love was too sincere to settle for a split /cut in half and dead baby.
Just as in our relationships we want it all. We want a partner, spouse, friend, and family who are All-in for us. We do not want divided hearts. We prefer sincere intentional love with each person giving their undivided attention to the other.
God is the same way. His love for us is so great He gave His only begotten son for our sins. An ingenuine love would not have given been sincere. We want God but we also want everything and anything else. That ingenuous person would be serving two masters. God and Himself. God does not settle for a split/cut in half dead follower. He gave His son that He would have His people with Him in the Kingdom of Heaven. We cannot be half living in Him as He wills and the other half living in desires and sin.
Jesus declared, “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other” (Matthew 6:24). God and the things of this world are of such opposite natures that it is impossible to love either one completely without hating the other. Those who try to love both will become unstable in all their ways.
Exhibiting our faith in God, being stable in our minds, and being genuine in our love is what God wants. Let us depend, trust and have faith in God-loving Him with our whole hearts and undivided attention. God wants it all.
Rev. Chaplain Lillian Taylor