“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” Matthew 6:24
“If anyone comes to me (Jesus) and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:26
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7
“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” James 1:5-8
We often hear of the exclusivity that must come with our worship of God. But sometimes (or most of the times) we only understand that intellectually, doctrine-wise, without really grasping its overpowering significance on our lives.
All decisions seem to result ultimately from our faith, or rather, which story we believe. Who or what we put our faith in; that shall decide what we do and how we do things. What we tend to forget (I do anyway), is the battle for our faith that takes place in every decision. Am I truly worshipping God in this decision, against the multitude of everything else that vie for our attention? As shown in Matthew 6:24, a real worship requires EXCLUSIVE ATTENTION; literally ALL of our HEART, MIND, SOUL, and STRENGTH. It helps to think of everything else as to be treated at opposite extremes, as Jesus described in Luke 14:26. Ironically, we can only truly love our neighbors when we exclusively devote ourselves to God as revealed in Christ.
It is in such an exclusive devotion that even our fear becomes sanctified, as only God is to be feared and nothing else. When we find ourselves driven and tossed by the wind, let us examine our faith – nay, let us examine who we fear. Do we fear God and only God, or do we find ourselves constantly flickering between fears of many, one of which is God?