between.2.loves

My son is getting ready for college. His major has to do with music engineering, and in that business Mac’s abound, so we bought him a Macbook Pro for college. We’ve never been a Mac household, seeing the Mac culture as pretentious, and aristocratic. But, as a fairly satisfied iPhone user, I’ve come to be less hostile to Apple’s products in general. I am ready to admit they are absolutely solid in design and manufacture – perhaps unrivaled. But, I still have problems with the OS itself – the detached menu bar is stupid if you ask me. Increasingly, I’ve become torn between the Windows and Mac worlds, drawn by the ubiquity of the Windows OS, and the refinement of the Mac’s chassis. For my next PC purchase, I’ll probably get a Macbook Pro, and put Windows on it! Gasp!

“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)

Contextually, the passage above speaks to our love affair with money. But, I think it’s scope of application is so much broader. You could insert a plethora of words in place of “money.” For me, “career” is probably the most appropriate surrogate. As a bi-vocational pastor, I work outside the church. I am pretty good at what I do. I take a lot of pride in the product I create, and how well I perform my craft. Yet, I am called to pastor. Most of the time, being a pastor is absolutely my first love. I am engrossed in it. But, sometimes I find myself consumed by my career and the road to advancing it. In those times, God reminds me that my “tent-making” is not my vocation – it is a means to it. Usually this reminder comes in a painful way – like me letting someone down. Ouch.

I cannot maintain any gods except God. He alone is worthy of my first praise and my first passion. My relationship with Him is above everything else, and everyone else.

Are you sometimes torn between two “loves?”

8 thoughts on “between.2.loves”

  1. There’s always that tension, and like you said, there are a hundred different things we can insert into that blank of the “other master.” So true that our relationship with Him has to be 1st and we must allow the Holy Spirit to “search and know us” so those other loves can be exposed and dethroned.

    Great reminder. Thanks Herb.

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