James 4:7-8 “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”
The DJ is playing the hottest track to hit the club in a minute. The beats are hittin’ hard, every head is bouncin’ and everyone is feelin’ the scene inside. Outside, people are lined up for blocks, waiting to get inside. In his confidence, the DJ decides this is his opportunity to make his name known. Reaching into his crate, the DJ grabs the next vinyl and throws it on the set hoping to create the dopest play list ever. He flips the crossfader to the other side, steps back and watches to see the crowd’s reaction. It hits the speakers… people are amazed and so is this DJ… Mozart’s Allegro in C floods the venue. Feeling nauseous, he flips back the crossfader and considers his next move.
The crossfader is a mixing device used to control sound delivery for dual turntables. When the crossfader is completely to the left, only table one will play and you won’t hear table two playing. When the crossfader is completely to the right, the opposite occurs. This DJ cannot blame his crossfader; it only made loud what was already there. It’s like our life has a sinful nature on table 1 and a spirit lead nature on table 2. The person with control to the crossfader balances on your mindset. “Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.” (Romans 8:5)
This scripture focus talks about being “double-minded”. Double-mindedness is having the crossfader directly in the center. Both the spirit and sinful natures are trying to play out at once. This should not and cannot be. When the actions of your sinful nature are stronger than the spirit nature, you cannot blame God. Your actions only make loud what is already inside of your heart. Jesus tells us that “No man can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despite the other.” (Matthew 6:24) If you feed the spirit nature, you will starve your sinful nature. But how does one “feed their spirit” and “starve their sinful nature?” Submit yourself to God. Resist the devil. Come near to God. “The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace” (Romans 8:6)
Maybe someone reading this is thinking, “I want to know God…but its hard going to God because I know my heart and mind is divided.” Then, “Transform your mind” (Romans 12:2), “Set your minds on things above, not earthly things” (Col. 3:2), “Be made new in the attitude of your minds” (Eph. 4:23). If you want to change your life, act on scripture by washing your hands and purifying your heart.
Choose this day which God you will serve; don’t fade the cross.