Torn Between Two Lovers.
Living for the Lord is not an easy way of life, especially for a newborn again Christian, some would refer to this as being a babe in Christ. It is not easy, because, it requires the new Christian to conform to the new life that they are expected to live. Simultaneously, as a new convert, you are struggling with your natural human instinct to satisfy the flesh or worldly desires. There is still the urge, temptation even to go hang out with your friends on a Friday for a drink, a smoke, or get involved with something else. Then on the other hand there is activity at church that same Friday evening and every Friday evening. You want to be with your friends whom you have always hung out with every Friday evening. But now that you have given your life to the Lord, you are expected to participate regularly in the Friday evening church activity. It’s like, being ‘torn between two lovers.’
Thinking about my conundrum makes me feel unfaithful, as though I’m cheating. What do you do? The pressure is on, your best friend before you got saved rubs your nose into the good time they had last Friday night and how much more fun it will this Friday. Wow! Every fibre of your being is aching, yearning, needling you to be with your friends this weekend. After all, you don’t want to be alienated from them. Yes, you had a good time with the youth group Friday night, oh yes, Bible Study was wonderful also. There is no doubt that you had a wonderful time. You feel refreshed and renewed in your body and soul. But I miss Friday nights with my old group. At a time like this, I truly wish I could clone myself. Ohoo boy! But the Bible says I only have one soul, and that is my spirit man which cannot be cloned. This is really interesting. Let me think, what else does the Bible say about having a being of the world and serving God at the same time?
The Word Helps
Yeah! I remember James 4:4. It says “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” What does this mean? It means unfaithfulness to God and my commitment to serve Him faithfully. Therefore, if I conveniently neglect to attend a scheduled church service, to attend a Friday evening rendezvous with my unsaved friends then, I would be committing spiritual adultery. Wow, this is serious stuff, without the Word of God as my guide, I would have selfishly neglected my Christian obligation to satisfy my flesh and find favour with my friend. Thank God for the word.