22. The Cleft

Many Christians remain living unconsciously in greed. Nevertheless, they still consider that it is not a jeopardizing sin, even to realize it as a prime sin (a cardinal sin). The most jeopardizing thing today is that God is dragged to satisfy our desires or needs. This behavior does not make us willing to understand that God wants us to be content with what we have. We should be able to distinguish our needs from our desire. God wants us to be satisfied with what we have so that our willingness is filled with the things above.1  Do we remember what happened in the desert during the journey of the Israel people to Canaan? When they asked for meat, actually in God’s view, they should have been content with manna. Yet, they were discontent with it. They demanded God to provide them with meat. Because of such desire, many of them perished. An unrestrained desire is a wide cleft for the Devil to enter and perish someone’s life.

In relation to the abovementioned, James advised us with this commentary: “Where do the conflicts and wheredo the quarrels among you come from? Is it not from this,from your passions that battle inside you? You desire and you do not have; you murder and envy and you cannot obtain; you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask; you ask and do not receive because you ask wrongly, so you can spend it on your passions. Adulterers, do you not know that friendship with the world means hostility toward God? So whoever decides to be the world’s friend makes himself God’s enemy.“2

From that James’ write-up, it is very obvious how someone is snared by the world so that they make himself as God’s enemy. Someone who desires the world and feels that it can make his life complete, it means that he serves mammon. This is a demeanor that rejects God as the master. Even though his lips declare Lord Jesus as God, in life reality they do not accept and treat Lord Jesus as his Master or God.

When Lord Jesus said that no one can serve two masters, Lord Jesus emphasized that there should be only one throne to remain within each person’s life. Lord Jesus emphasized that there should be only one throne that should exist in each man. The throne herein is intended as a ruler acknowledged as a sovereign master, to whom our whole life is dedicated to serve him. Remember, one throne only and not more. This is the law of life that cannot be changed. This law equals to the fact that light that cannot have fellowship with darkness. Someone cannot have a desire for the world and also for God. Having the desire for the world means to worship the Devil. Therefore, we shall not try to combine light with darkness. It can never happen. Each of us should decide who will be sitting at the throne of his life. To place Jesus as the master means to walk in light, while to have desire for the world means to walk in darkness.

Whether the throne will be given to God or to His enemy, it is up to each individual. In this case, each person has a freedom to make his choice. The power of darkness tries to blur this fact, so that many people do not determine their attitude immediately. They still feel secure even though they have not  determined a firm attitude. If someone postpones determining his attitude, then it means the Devil has successfully led him to eternal darkness. Indeed, it has not reached eternal darkness but that was an indication toward that darkness.

1) Colossians 3:1-4;   2) James 4:1-4.

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