The Peril of Double-mindedness

“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, 23 but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! (Matthew 6:22-23 ESV)

I don’t think anyone wakes up saying, “I want to be a double-minded person”. Nevertheless, people can live double-minded lives. Double-minded persons straddle the fence when it comes to their commitment to Christ. They desire the things of this world as well as having peace with God. Their affections are set on material possessions, or power to influence, or the thrill of human experience instead of whole heartedly loving God. How do you know if you are double-minded? Are you trying to serve two masters? What motivates your decisions? Is the Great Commission important to you? Are you making God’s ways your ways? Are you sincere about finding out how to please God more?

I met a man who was well advanced in years. He couldn’t do as much as he used to but he was still finding ways to serve God and his people. He took pleasure in simple acts of encouragement and generosity. He delighted in being a blessing to others. He intentionally sought ways to invest in others. Why? Because he was whole-heartedly devoted to his Savior. He celebrated the opportunities he was given to contribute to the kingdom of God. Now, growing old is not for sissies. He has his personal challenges as he is aging into his late seventies. However, the joy of service keeps him going. He keeps learning new ways to please God. He takes advantage of the opportunities he is given. In fact, you can’t keep him from loving people. He is not double-minded. All of the resources and time he has are wholly given for the service of his only Master, the Lord Jesus Christ.

The problem with double-mindedness is that it fails to recognize the state of a person’s soul when they give God part of their lives but not all. They think they are good . . . but they are not. When Jesus taught about the eye being bad he used an image about sight to teach a spiritual truth. If what you think is seeing is darkness, how much greater is your blindness! The most hardened hearts to the gospel are those who think they have a relationship with God because they are religious. They have God in their life rather than having their life in God. Have you given your life to God? Are your priorities in agreement with his? Is something competing with my affection and love of God? It is healthy to consider these questions on a regular basis.

I hope your answer is genuinely “NO!” If there is something, giving it to the Lord brings him much glory.