The Best of Both Worlds


Best of Both Worlds

There was a popular show on television a few years ago whose theme song was titled The Best of Both Worlds. It was about a girl who has the best of both worlds, being a normal kid by day and a superstar by night. As I pondered on the title, I realized that while the concept sounds inviting, it is not a true picture of reality.

In the best of both worlds, I could serve God openly and never be persecuted by family members, coworkers, neighbors, or even church family. For those who are Christians, we know that all who live godly lives will suffer persecution. (Second Timothy 3:12)

In the best of both worlds, we could grow deeply in our walk with the Lord, and never be tested or face times of intense spiritual battles. Yet in reality, Christians consistently find themselves in spiritual wars against demonic forces. (Second Corinthians 10:3-5; Ephesians 6:11-18)

In the best of both worlds, we could really have our cake and eat it too. However, we all know that doing so on a consistent basis will cause serious problems such as obesity, heart problems, high cholesterol, along with a myriad of other physical disorders. It is the same in our spiritual diet. We must not falsely believe that we will not be harmed by listening to ungodly music, watching television shows that flaunt adultery, drug use, and violence, as well as a host of other ungodly activities that are portrayed through Hollywood. We must not fall prey to the mindset that viewing pornography or lewd words in a chat room on the Internet will not harm our spiritual walk. God declares to us that we are not to love the world, nor the things of this world. If we do, His love is not in us. (First John 2:15)

If we were to enjoy the best of both worlds, everybody would always love us and approve of what we do. In reality, we must choose whose applause we seek. Is it the approval of the world? Or is it the approval of Almighty God? (Galatians 1:10)

In today’s society, the best of both worlds is being able to have the latest gadgets, cars, fashion styles, or exotic vacations to make us happy. However, to do so would require us to work an excessive number of hours each week to afford to pay for all of these things. We are told that it is impossible to serve two masters. (Matthew 6:24) Paul warns us of the danger we encounter when we have a love of money. (First Timothy 6:10)

The best of both worlds – it sounds nice, but it is just another line from the Father of Lies. (John 8:44) Guard your heart so that you will not end up falling into his pit of lies. (Proverbs 4:23)

© 2007, Stacy R. Miller


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