I’m a huge fan of cartoons, series, anime and movies. I love gripping storylines and plots that leave me asking “how would I handle being in this situation?”
A lot of my favourite movies or series involved the main character leading a double-life. Think of Clark Kent or Peter Parker. A regular guy at first glance, but actually a superhero in secret. I ask myself how I’d ever be able to balance two different lives at once, all the while keeping them independent of each other.
But I guess I already do. You probably already do, too. One’s personal life doesn’t usually clash with their professional life or extra curricular activities. Typical high-school example: If I had a boyfriend, I wouldn’t want my Maths teacher to know about him. The idea of my relationships and school life overlapping just wouldn’t work for me. We all balance different worlds in our lives while keeping them separate. I like to call this ‘the disconnection’, because there’s a disconnection between the different areas of our lives.
The most common- and most dangerous- disconnection that can take place is the separation between our faith, and everything else that’s going on in our life. This is especially true for someone who’s 17. Someone who’s trying to figure out who they are, where they stand, what they want to be one day and who they are according to their faith. Someone pretty much like me.
I was in that same position- going to church, being holy and good in church, then walking out and resuming a totally different life. A life that was ruled by sin and corruption. A life that wasn’t holy and righteous. A life that a child of God shouldn’t live. I was living a complete double-life.
I finally realised that when it comes to God, there can’t be that kind of disconnection. I can’t live for God on Sundays, and then live for the world every other day of the week. The Lord despises anything that exalts itself about Him (Isaiah 2:12, 2 Corinthians 10:5), and the truth is, if you think about something more than you think about God, you’ve made that thing your god.
We say we’re living our lives for God, but do we really understand what that means? If we’re living for Him, it means that He has to be the main focus of our lives. Everything we do should glorify Him, and He should be involved in everything we do. And if we make the decision to live for Him, our lifestyles should reflect that decision.
And the results of this double life aren’t great. You end up feeling guilty about the things you do, and when you pray, it feels empty. It’s more of a “I know I’m doing things I shouldn’t, and I feel bad, but I’m just going to force a prayer because I’m a Christian and it’s what I should do.” You feel disconnected from God.
If you’re in that position today, I want you to recognize that this kind of lifestyle can’t be maintained for long without you feeling empty at some point. There’s no grey area; the Bible makes it clear that we have a choice between life and death (Deutoronomy 30:19), and that we should choose life. We cannot serve two masters (Matthew 6:24). If you’re alive but you’re caught up in a lifestyle that leads to death, then you’re not really living.
In Matthew 16:24, Jesus tells us that if we want to be His disciple, we need to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Him. That means that we have to resist the temptation to fulfill our human desires. That also means that we’ll get a bit of slack for making this decision. And finally, we also need to consistently pursue Him.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength (Luke 10:27). Our attention and love can’t be divided between our Heavenly Father and the world. There’s a disconnection between these world’s.
So I challenge you to make a decision today: choose to follow God whole heartedly. Make those sacrifices. Make the decision to change your destiny. As Sarah Jakes Robert says, embrace the uncomfortable to become unstoppable. Feel the peace, grace and power that God wants to shower you with by making Him your first priority. You will never go unrewarded, and the rewards you’ll receive from Heaven are far greater and fulfilling than anything the world could ever offer you. You’ll never be empty when your God is a God of abundance. You’ll never experience poverty when the riches of the Kingdom belong to your Father. You’ll never stay stagnant when our God is the God who lifts His children and elevates them to unbelievable heights. And no matter what struggles you might experience, you’ll never be shaken or broken, because your God strengthens you and prepares a table in the midst of your enemies. Give Him your full attention, and watch Him reveal your full potential in Him.