“No one can serve two masters. 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 both God and Money.” (Matthew 6:24, NIV 1984).
My Musings -“I want my 13-year-old to understand how important honesty is but also know that she is 12 when kids eat free.” (Simon Holland @simoncholland). While Mr. Holland intended this to be humorous, there are times when people find honesty to be inconvenient.
I suppose each of us have at least one inconvenient truth that we can’t seem to let go. It isn’t always about money (kids eat free). We value the truth, but there are times when the truth is inconvenient. We value fidelity, but there are times when fidelity is inconvenient. We value frugality, but there are times when being frugal is inconvenient. We value [fill in the blank], but there are times it is inconvenient. You get the picture.
In the movie “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” the title character must give up trying to get hold of the Holy Grail in order to grab his father’s outstretched hands with both of his hands to avoid falling into the chasm. But not before hearing the plea from his father, “Indy, let it go.” He lost the Holy Grail, but saved his life.
Not everyone makes the right choice, like the rich young ruler who “went away sad, because he had great wealth.” (Matthew 19:22, NIV 1984). He could not let go of things in this world, in his case just one thing, which prevented him from taking hold of eternal life. To him, it was a big thing he could not let go. He had been given the truth but for him, following Christ was inconvenient. Sometimes, it is just a small thing that we can’t let go. But “whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.” (James 2:10, NIV 1984).
Sometimes, we know the truth, but because it is inconvenient, we redefine it. But we are only fooling ourselves. It’s just another way of holding onto the things of this world. “I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” Matthew 5:18, NIV 1984).
My Advice – We cannot hold onto both death and life. We must let one go. It’s called repentance. The choice is ours. As the ancient crusader said in the same movie, we must “choose wisely.”