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Double Lives Never Work

Saturday - August 1st Scripture to Read for Today's Devotional: James 1:5-8

Today's Selection from our Sermon on the Mount Reading Plan: Matthew 7:21-29

Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled

as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.

James 1:6

The Hameau de la Reine, or the Queen's Hamlet, is a fake medieval village constructed by the famous Queen Marie Antoinette in the vast backyard of the Palace of Versailles in France. She was the last Queen of the French Monarchy and was married to King Louis XVI. She built the fake village with a fake working farm to escape the daily rigors of royal life.

Much of the little village stood like a modern studio set - buildings with false fronts. Multiple cottages were built to look rustic and simple, but the interiors definitely didn't match the outsides, many just as fancy as the palace itself. The Queen's little getaway was populated with hired fake peasants and fake farmers, and the Queen even dressed down to blend in. It was a simpler life, for her anyway. She could live a double life - one as a peasant in a simple setting and the other as a royal with all the splendid benefits. Antionette glorified the peasant experience in her make-believe village. As you can probably guess, this didn't go over well with the actual peasants of the time. And well, I think we all know what became of Marie Antoinette…

During the last decade of the 17th century, the French peasants rose up and drove out the monarchy through revolution. Marie Antoinette would be tried for treason to the people of France and executed by guillotine in 1793. Living the double life of a peasant when she sought simplicity and as a royal when she wanted the excess of the high life ended badly for her.

In James 1:5-8, the error of being double-minded and living in duplicity comes across very clearly. As followers of Christ, living out the values and priorities of Christ's Kingdom demands a simple, Christ-centered focus. We cannot pursue both the ways of this world and the way of Jesus. We do not know how Marie Antoinette split her time between the real life of the castle and the make-believe life of her phony village. We do know our spiritual lives will be ruined unless we maintain the single focus of living for Jesus. People should see His Kingdom and Righteousness in and through us.

Are you split in your priorities and values? Do you live differently in one part of your life than you do another? People see through double-mindedness. They know where our true commitment and passion lie. We cannot let our lives be tossed around like a ship in the storm - pursuing various things in different directions. We must focus.

Look for pockets of duplicity and hypocrisy in your own life. Ask God to reveal any agendas that would draw you away from the singular focus of seeking first His Kingdom! Confess any double-mindedness the Holy Spirit reveals in your life. Ask God to help you keep your agenda, your passion, your focus aligned with His Kingdom and His righteousness.

Make sure your loyalty and passion stay fixed on Christ and His Kingdom today!

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