Double Life

Day by day the LORD takes care of the innocent, and they will receive an inheritance that lasts forever.

Psalm 37:18 (NLT)

Every now and again, the news media pickup a story that sounds too crazy to be true – yet it is. One such story (which is not unique) is about a man who was married, had a good job, a nice house, was a deacon at his local church, and basically had what we would call a “blessed life.” This was the case for nearly two decades until the man died suddenly of a heart attack. It was only then that the truth came out. The man didn’t just have one family, he had two. He was also married to another woman, in a different town, who also had children with him. They had a nice home and he was a deacon at that local church as well. In other words, this guy had two separate lives, two separate families, that he had been keeping secret from each other for more than 20 years. Of course, chaos ensued. There was no last will & testament (It’s a document that tells the courts how to distribute your wealth after you die) about who was supposed to get what. I guess the guy just figured they’d duke it out over his fortune!

The unfortunate reality is that there are many people who put on a Christian façade (they look Christian), but they are leading a whole other separate life in secret – or they think it’s secret. Though humans may not see it, our God does; and, all will be made known.

Now, let me be clear. I’m not writing about making dumb choices that cause us to sin. I’m talking about leading a lifestyle that we know is contrary to what God calls us to do, yet we decide to lead it anyway. We lead a double life. In this way, we try to keep one foot in the Kingdom of God while simultaneously standing in the kingdom of Satan.

As our verse today states, “Day by day the LORD takes care of the innocent and they will receive an inheritance that lasts forever.” If that’s true, then the opposite is also true – the guilty are on their own. They have chosen a path, even in secret, that is not of the Kingdom of God. They have chosen to follow their own desires and have been cut off from God’s blessings. But, there is grace for those that turn back.

Maybe you’ve been leading a double life. If you can relate, please turn back before it’s too late. Let the blessings of God come back into your life. Experience freedom from the secrets. Experience the love of the Savior.

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