– Be single-minded to God

Saul and David, by RembrandtYou can look back at the stories of the Old Testament and use them as examples for what to do and also for what not to do in life. The story of Saul is mostly about how NOT to act on our spiritual journey. We can do better as we honor and follow God.

Saul was definitely a double minded man. In his heart, he was always holding back from turning his life over to God. God called him on it and caused the Kingdom to be taken from him. I am not going to analyze his psychological problems, but it was clear that Saul had several issues. The Bible even states that he was troubled by evil spirits. It was only the harp playing of David that seemed to be able to calm his troubled soul.

One thing that Saul did was to illegally act in the role of a priest and offer animal sacrifices. He also did not obey the word of God when he was commanded to destroy a city. You remember the famous line from that “To obey is better than sacrifice”.

If you are a Christian or working towards becoming one, know that God wants your heart. He wants all of it, not just a half-hearted attempt where you still cling on to the evils and influences of the world. Jesus asked his disciples – “Whom say ye that I am?” What he was asking was for a recognition from their heart that they knew who he was and that they would be dedicated to being a Christian. It does not matter what others think. It matters what you think. Have you made up your mind yet?

It is written in the book of James that “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” How can you become single-minded instead? To start with, don’t get caught up in power or riches in this world. The book of Matthew states – “Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” and also “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

Give yourself as a sacrifice to God, meaning as stated in Psalm 34:18 that “the Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.”

What person wants a spouse that is always turning their head after another person or thing in life. They want loyalty. Christ is the Bridegroom and the church is the Bride. Be a faithful “bride” and get oil in your lamp and be dedicated to being ready for his return.

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