Singlemindedness vs. Doublemindedness

God loves and blesses singlemindednessSinglemindedness is defined as “having or concentrating on only one aim or purpose.” Synonyms are “full of determination, unswerving, unwavering, tireless, and resolute.” The Lord is overjoyed with Christ-followers who “set” their hearts and minds and “focus” on Him:

  • Colossians 2:1-3, “Since you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”
  • Hebrews 12:1&2, “Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles (doublemindedness). And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing (or focusing) our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith (singlemindedness).”

On the other hand, God can’t stand doublemindedness. Webster’s Dictionary describes the doubleminded as being “undecided, vacillating, insecure and hypocritic.”  In James 1, God expresses a doubleminded person as being unfaithful, unstable, unfocused, weak minded, and “should not expect to receive anything from the Lord”.  If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.Instability and doubleminded go together. Doublemindedness disables the blessings, dynamics, and purpose that God wants to give and reveal to us.    

In James 4:4, James, the brother of Christ, was blunt again, You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.”  How can a Christ-follower be a lover of the world and the things in it? James with candor states this person becomes an enemy of God. His testimony is being a Christ-follower, yet his character is of the world. This dishonors God and is hypocritical to others.  Verse 8 commands this person to “come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you doubleminded.”  You cannot be worldly and Godly simultaneously and expect the blessings of God.

Here’s the secret sauce.  Isaiah 26:3 states that God “keeps in perfect peace the person whose mind is stayed on Him, because he/she trusts in Him.”  When your mind is “stayed” on Him, “perfect peace” follows. Singlemindedness not doublemindedness, focused on Him.

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