James 1: 6 But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. 7 Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.
When we think of our faith in the context of divided loyalty, what often comes to mind is a faith split between two belief systems, or faith placed in things tangible (money) as opposed to things spiritual (God). And it is biblical to have that mindset:
Matthew 6: 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be…..24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
But the Bible doesn’t limit it to that mindset; in light of things eternal, a split loyalty could mean anything that takes the focus off of God or walking out our faith; or giving glory or attention to those things other than God.
Yes, it could be the pursuit of money. It could also be the pursuit of worldly relationships rather than a relationship with God: The pursuit of man’s approval rather than God’s: Worry rather than confidence: Doubt rather than hope: Fear rather than faith: The arrogance and self-centeredness of thinking your life, your needs, your problems are bigger than God or that the darkness you live in is more powerful than the light offered by the cross of Christ.
Matthew 6:22 “Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light.23 But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!
Matthew 6:33-34 is a mantra that I constantly repeat to myself when I find my worries, doubts, and fears of this world overpowering my faith in the belief that God has my back.
Matthew 6: 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. 34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
If you’ve crossed the line of faith, maybe this is something that you need to remind yourself of as well. Even if it’s daily, hourly, or minute-by-minute. If you haven’t considered the claims of Christ, maybe its time. He’s a big God. He can handle the circumstances of your world; after all, He’s the One who made it, and made you. He knew what you’d be faced with, even before you were born. Cry out to Him. Search Him out, and keep searching. As the scriptures say:
Matthew 7: 7 “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 9 “You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? 10 Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! 11 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.
* all Bible passages from the New Living Translation.