Most people, I think, love the idea of being a secret agent. Travel the world, chase bad guys, running away from exploding helicopters, shooting your two hand guns in perpetual slow motion. Then you come home to your family, and they have no idea what you do (for safety purposes, of course). For all they know, you sell insurance. That sounds awesome. Living a double life like that may be cool, but there’s a double life that we can live that’s not so cool. For me, when I was in middle school, I lived a spiritual double life. I went to church on Sunday mornings, had a great group of Christian friends - but Monday through Saturday I hung out with the wrong crowd. I ditched my solid Christian friends to hang out with worldly type of people - I even started talking and acting like the world. Does that sound familiar to you at all? Could you be living a spiritual double life? And if you are living a spiritually two-faced lifestyle, is that good enough? Is it good enough to do God’s will for you life? Is it good enough to glorify Him? Or will a double life, in terms of your faith, fall short in the end?
When the Bible talks about “the world,” it is referring to the human, sinful state that we are all born into. Worldly desires would be things like: lying to stay out of trouble, making fun of people to make you seem funny, making sure you are first in line by pushing other people to the side, cheating on a test to make sure you appear smart. Living for the world means living for yourself. So in contrast, living for God would be to fully live for Him. You don’t lie when you make mistakes, you own up and seek forgiveness. You don’t make fun of people for a cheap laugh, you love and encourage one another. You don’t cheat on that test, but you either already studied or you get the grade you deserve.
So what does the Bible say about living for the world vs. living for God? Romans 12:2 says that we shouldn’t conform to the world, but that we must be transformed and renewed so that we may able to know and do God’s will. James 4:4 is pretty straight forward in regards to the world vs. God - it says, “Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: if you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.” Enemy with God… no thanks. Living for the world makes you top priority, and living for God makes Him top priority.
Okay, that is all good and all, and as Christians, we can all agree that living for God is ideal and we want to shut down worldly living. None of us want to be enemies with God. But what are the real impacts of our lifestyle? How important are our actions, the choices we make, and the words we use? Listen to what Paul says to Titus is Titus 1:16, “They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny Him. They are detestable, disobedient, and unfit for doing anything good.” And James tells us that without action, our faith is dead (James 2:17). We can be confident on many levels throughout God’s Word that we are saved by faith alone - there are no amount of good deeds that can buy our salvation, but James explains to us that evidence of true life change and heart transformation will be seen in our lifestyle. Your lifestyle will show where your heart is at.
So is a spiritual double life, holy on Sunday forget God the rest of the week type of lifestyle good enough? I don’t believe so. Where are you at, as you read this? Would you consider yourself a Christian? If so, does your lifestyle reflect that? If you are struggling with this spiritual lifestyle conflict - lift that up in prayer to Jesus, tell Him that you want to be your number one priority, and ask the Spirit to help you change the way you live. Let’s live for Christ not just on Sundays, but every single day of the week. Let’s live a lifestyle that reflects a true surrender and acceptance of Jesus as our Savior!