This devotional I read not long ago was so inspiring and encouraging to me that I had to pass it along.
"...Choose you this day whom ye will serve;..."
We cannot travel east and west at the same time. We cannot in the same movement clothe appropriately for the Arctic regions and the tropics. We must make our choice and ignore either the one or the other. We cannot be both refined and the vulgar. We cannot be pure and impure. We cannot move horizontally and vertically in the same movement, onward in the companionship of the world, and upward in the companionship of the Lord.
We too commonly believe that we can have two masters, and that it is possible to render service to both. We split up our life, and divide our inheritance. We give a portion to Mammon and a portion to God. I have seen a shopkeeper selling his goods on the Sabbath, and paying his respects to the Lord by retaining one shutter on the window! That one-shutter expedient is very common in other concerns besides Sunday trading. A woman lives a worldly life and wears a crucifix. A man makes money as he pleases but never misses the sacrament. The home never hears the sound of worship, but the family Bible is always on the table by the window.
"No man can serve two masters." The Lord demands our all.
Abraham Lincoln once pointed out that no nation could endure half slave and half free. This truth applies to individuals no less than to nations.
He who pursues two hares will catch neither. - Indian Proverb
Profound and true!