Cheating on God

If we are a dedicated follower of God we make a decision to commit to Him and dedicate our lives to Him, but often our attention starts to wonder.  I think that we may all be cheating on God.

Matthew 6.19-34

Reference: v.21  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (NIV Bible)

Explore: At what point does someone cross the line and cheat on their partner?  Is it as soon as you entertain the thought of being with the other person; is it once you start seeing them secretly; or is it only once you have become intimate with the other???  There could be much debate on this topic but I guess cheating on your partner has little to do with factual definition, it’s more of an emotional response.  I would suggest an affair has taken place when there is more thought, action and planning put in to the ‘other person’.  A person’s priorities change and they lend more attention and devotion to another.  It may start out as harmless, it usually does, but then gradually leads to the affair.
In light of our passage today, I think that we may all be cheating on God.  If we are a dedicated follower of God we make a decision to commit to Him and dedicate our lives to Him, but often our attention starts to wonder.  Our thoughts are more on our accomplishments in the world rather than the eternal impact we could be having.  Our actions soon focus on what we can accumulate around us now rather than the treasures we can store up in Heaven.

Application: How is your relationship with God?  I know that I need to constantly be checking up on mine.  I tend to have a wandering eye towards that which will boost my pride and make me look better on earth.  I must be constantly reminded that my number one relationship is with God and my number one action is to be faithful to Him.  I don’t want to cheat on God.  He has given me love, grace and overflowing blessings.  I could not receive the same from anyone or anything else on earth.  It is my desire to have my treasure in heaven, not on earth.  Where is your treasure today?

Prayer: Lord, you always accept us when we come running back to You.  May we stay focused on honoring You and only You today.  Amen.

This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

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