Double-mindedness

double-minded“But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.” James 1:6-8 (NIV)

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As we awaken to our soul hunger, we find that there are two basic sources of satisfaction. We can satisfy our soul hunger with things in this world, or we can satisfy it with God. Unfortunately, many of us try to satisfy our soul hunger with both.

James calls this being double-minded.

We attempt to set our minds on the things above and on the things below.

There is just one problem…it doesn’t work.

James tells us that the result of double-mindedness is instability.

The things above are too different from the things below. They are simply not compatible with each other…try as we may to make them compatible.

A common method we use to attempt to make them compatible is to divide our life into secular and spiritual components. Ken Boa calls this process “Compartmentalization” in his book, Conformed to His Image. When we compartmentalize our lives, we often fail to bring the Lordship of Christ completely into every aspect of our life.

We are like a house with many rooms. Instead of having Jesus as Lord over the entire house, we have given Him access to only the rooms on the ground floor… not the second floor.

It’s not that we refuse to allow the Lord access to those rooms; we just fail to invite Him into those rooms.

For example, we may compartmentalize our medical practice as separate from our walk with Christ. During the workweek, we practice medicine on the basis of the science only, without inviting the Lord into our patient interactions and decision-making.

Then on Sunday, we set time aside to attend church with our family and focus our attention on our relationship with the Lord.

We have a separate professional component and God component to our lives.

There is a better way…

We can practice medicine without ignoring the science…and without ignoring the Creator of the science.

Prayer: Lord help me to make You Lord of my entire life…not just part of it!

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