“Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you” (1Jn 2:15)
I heard of an interesting little old story. There was a dog following two men. For a long time these three went along the road together. Then they arrived at a junction and the two men separated; one went to the right and the other to the left. The dog followed his master and went to the right. You cannot know the dog’s master until he is alone.
Our Lord Jesus Christ said that you cannot serve both God and Mammon. You love one and hate the other. Many ignore this command and try to serve them both. They shall surely be disappointed. The love of God and the love for this world are opposites. You cannot reconcile them. Just like the dog following the two men, for as long as serving God and this world looks like they go the same direction, you will not know who is a true believer and who the false one is. But when persecution comes and serving God is not fashionable in your world, then you shall know in what direction your soul will go. You cannot know the difference between the true shepherd and the hireling until the wolf attacks. The true shepherd loves his sheep and will fight to protect them, even unto death. But the hireling runs away for he loves money more than anything. Orpah and Ruth followed Naomi together for quite some time. But at the junction of life, when the promise of salvation is by faith alone, Orpah kissed her mother in law and wept. She went back to her people and to her gods.
The Holy Spirit is sifting the churches. Jesus said: “Follow me!” This is a good time to ask, who do you follow? Soon, the confusion will disappear as the morning fog of religion fades away. The bright sun light of God will reveal the true lovers of Jesus! There shall be some painful kisses and bye byes at some junctions in life when the true hearts of men shall be revealed. After that, the goats shall go to the left and the sheep shall follow their Shepherd to the right. The dog shall follow his master. See me to the right…