“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon” (Matt. 6:24).
I recently had a conversation with a pastor friend about people who are “walking the line” in Christianity. We all know, or have been, one. We hear them tell others about a book or bible study they should read about Christianity. Or they invite others to church. They go on mission trips and give to the poor, they pray before sporting events and almost always know the Lord’s Prayer by heart. But behind closed doors, among aquaintences and certain friends, or when emotions run high, another side is visible. Lewd talk, cursing, and violent actions come out. Sometimes its in the heat of the moment but many times in everyday conversation, when their guard is down, a person’s true character is revealed. Just as David says in Psalms 23 and Paul refers to in Phillipians 4, our cup overflows with what is poured in. This is true of both good and evil. If we pour into our life the elements of this world (sin, evil, anger, hate) then that is what will flow out of us.
Johnny Cash sang a song about walking the line and the lyrics paint a rather accurate picture of what happens when we do not choose a side. I have found that the illustration of a “touchdown” in football is even better. In football you either cross the line and make a touchdown, or you don’t. You have to CROSS the line. You can’t just reach it or touch it. If you are on the line then you haven’t made a touchdown. You are still on the field of play of the world until you cross the line. You can not both score a touchdown and still be on the field of play. You can not both serve God and serve the World.
Your cup will fill others…be mindful of what you are pouring. While the world offers temporary justification or a small amount of pleasure for our service, God offers eternal joy and ever-lasting peace. Fill your cup with what Jesus offers and you will never grow thirsty.