Monday, September 7, 2009

Two Heads Aren't Better Than One

Scientists studied a two-headed snake and discovered that each head had a mind of its own. One moment it would crawl one way, then the other mind would take over and it would slither in a completely different direction. Both heads were competing to control the body.

Like that two-headed snake, we can be double-minded when we listen to voices other than God, which makes us unstable in all our ways (James 1:8). A marriage is double-minded when the husband and wife constantly fight, each wanting their own way. A church is double-minded when it's divided over issues, each side struggling to be in control. Christ is not divided, so at least one group isn't listening to God.

The cure for double-mindedness is to humbly surrender ourselves to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Paul wrote, "Make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose" (Phil. 2:2). When married couples, churches, and confused individuals seek the please the Lord above all else, they will be of one mind. But everyone must decide for themselves if they want God to take control of their lives, or if they want to keep slithering their own way.
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