Love is exclusive – The Munches

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. (Matthew 6:24 NIV) “

There are some things that you just don’t want to see, especially in certain places. Hair in your meal, a fly in your kitchen, a lizard in your couch. Seldom do we think of salt and water as things that should be kept apart. Especially when we consider the rich experiences we share at the beach. However, for workers in a salt mine, water is the last things you want to see flowing in there. This was the experience of workers at the Diamond Crystal Salt Mine in Louisiana. In November 1980, workers on a Texaco oil rig on Lake Peigneur punctured the roof of the salt mine. This mishap caused 11 barges to be sucked into the swirling vortex, which included nine acres of land. The entire mining enterprise was lost. Thankfully, no life was lost. 

Love is like that salt mine; it cannot continue production in the presence of that commodity that compromises its integrity. As water mixed with salt causes the salt to dissolve, similarly sin causes the demise of love. We must keep love exclusive and free from the trappings of selfishness and sin. Jesus says we cannot serve God and mammon at the same time because love will be compromised (Matthew 6:24). Earlier in verse chapter 5:13 of the same book, Jesus called His followers salt. We need to recognize that if we claim to love God, we must do all in our power to avoid the waters of life from entering our hearts. It was a simple 14inch drill that brought an end to the mining enterprise by dissolving the salt. Some things seem small and insignificant, but are potentially disastrous to your love for God. Examine your heart and strive earnestly to remove and or reduce the probability of compromising the integrity of your love for God.

Prayer: Lord, help us not to take the little things for granted and to help us to strive to maintain the purity of our love for you. We claim the promise that we can do all things through you that gives us strength. Amen

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