Brothers | Closer | Spiritual Traitors
Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. (James 4:8)
Benedict Arnold is infamous for his attempt to betray the American army during the Revolutionary War. He had served as a general under George Washington, leading men into battle against the British. But he plotted to betray those very men by surrendering his fort and rejoining the British army. Fortunately, his plot was discovered in time, but his name is now synonymous with treason and betrayal. Because his loyalty was divided, he was no good to either the Americans or the British.
No one likes a traitor. One day they’re for you, the next day they’re stabbing you in the back. We act like traitors to God when we profess loyalty, but our actions betray Him. We claim to know Jesus—but live like the devil. We claim to love His word—but read everything else. We sing His praises on Sunday—but lie, swear, and blame the rest of the week. Just as we have no use for a traitor, neither does God. Jesus said that if we love anything more than Him, we’re not worthy of Him (Luke 14:26). That’s because without total commitment, our loyalties are divided. We have a certain number of years on earth to choose a side, but we must be All In or we’re only Benedict Arnolds. When we try to serve both God and the world, we’re no good to anyone.
Final Thought: Is your loyalty divided between God and the world? Choose a side.
Prayer: Father, I’m realizing that when my actions don’t support what I claim to believe, I’m being a traitor. Please forgive me. I want to be totally committed in every way. I choose you now, over the world. Help me be loyal to you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.