“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 sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.” James 1:6-8
A house or other structure that is built on unsettled ground, like sand, has a great chance to collapse. A house must be built on solid, settled ground such as rock for it to be able to stand up to all the elements of weather. Similarly, our spiritual lives must be built on solid ground so that we will not be unsettled in our thinking or living.
However, the world we live in today operates with a very dualistic mindset. What do I mean by dualism? Webster defines dualism as: “the quality or state of having two different or opposite parts or elements.” What does this look like today in our world?
People live and behave one way in church and around Christians and then go off during the week with a different mindset that characterizes them in their workplace and other settings. For the most part, dualism describes a lifestyle that is compartmentalized depending on where we are and what we are doing.
God never intended for us to live this way. He never intended for us to be double-minded or unsettled. James 1:8 tells us that “a double-minded man is unstable in everything he does.”
Being double-minded explains how I can see people on social media one day post a Bible verse and proclaim how God is their life and a day later curse and swear on that same social media sight. James 3:9-12 tells us that this lifestyle should not happen in the life of a believer.
“With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.”
Our goal must be to settle our faith and allegiance alone to the Lord Jesus Christ. We must integrate truth into every area of our life so that we can not only prevent a dualistic mindset but, more importantly, develop a Biblical worldview for ourselves and our family.
Living out a biblical worldview means that we will allow God to shape our thinking, our values, our actions, our behaviors and thus make all the decisions of life through the lens of God’s Word. Establishing God’s truth as the foundation for your life, your home, and raising your kids is fundamental to building your house on a rock.
As the old hymn says, “On Christ the solid rock I stand all other ground is sinking sand.”