Be Not Deceived
by Randy Chambers, 2015-10-30
Galatians 6:7-8, NIV: Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
There is something in our flesh that wants to believe that we can walk in the Spirit, and give ourselves also to the pursuit of “happiness” in this world. Yet, the two cannot mix without the spiritual being corrupted by the seemingly good tasting things of the world. “No one can serve two masters,” Jesus said, you “…will hate the one and love the other,” or you “will be devoted to the one and despise the other” (Mt. 6:24). When our eyes look at the things that please us, they easily begin to lose sight of the spiritual things that are less attractive to the flesh. Perhaps our greatest stumbling block is self-deception. We convince ourselves there is nothing wrong with having the things we love in the world. “One thing you lack," Jesus said. "Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me” (Mk.10:21). There is no fence to straddle--no middle ground. When it comes to being devoted to Christ, we are, or we are not.