We all have multiple roles and relationships. We are sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, employees and employers, citizens, neighbors, friends. We may belong to clubs and councils and boards of directors.
Where does our relationship to Christ factor into our lives?
Too often Christ comes far down the list in our affections. We are more concerned about what other people think or expect than we are about Christ. We are more concerned about offending other people than we are about offending Christ. We will compromise our commitment to Christ to make commitments to other people.
If this is true, and every time it is true, we deny Christ His place as Lord of our lives and we make those other people into our god. Other organizations and other activities take the place of worshipping Jesus as God and Savior. Other loyalties trump our loyalty to Christ.
You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. (Deuteronomy 6:5)Love Jesus with all you have! Not just with what's left over.
For true followers of Jesus there must be no division of loyalty! Be loyal to Christ. Let your love for others flow out of your love for Christ. Be a devoted husband because you are devoted to Christ. Be a devoted mother because you are devoted to Christ. Be a good citizen because you are a devoted follower of Jesus Christ. Be a great employee because you are a devoted servant of Jesus Christ.
Don't compromise! Jesus said, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God the things that are God's." There is no compromise in that formula! Give other people their proper place in your life - but don't steal time and loyalty from Christ.
What does God think? Might Jesus be offended by the choices we make and the priorities we set? Let us strive to please Christ and bring Him glory in everything we do and say.