January 2016

Double Minded

by Rev. Dr. Judy Baumgartner


A person is described as being double-minded when they vacillate between ideals. Most people who read devotions, such as these, believe in God. In my opinion, it is not a matter of – do we or do we not trust in the Lord – but rather, how deep is our commitment? On one end of the scale, we could place King Herod, who had a basic understanding of God, but his actions clearly demonstrated a lack of faith. At the other extreme would be the Apostle Paul or better still, Jesus.


Discipleship transforms us from schizophrenic believers into hardened Christian warriors. The Holy Spirit corrects our flaws as we spiritually mature. He examines each area of our lives to determine the depth of our commitment. It is painful when we discover that we have much further to go. We also learn to celebrate victories that demonstrate our deepening level of trust.


As we grow, we begin to despise those like Herod. They have no desire to mature in Christ. Instead, they discourage others from trusting. When empowered into leadership, his or her lack of faith becomes an incredibly destructive force. Those who are unwilling to grow will never be seen in the world to come.


“I hate double-minded men, but I love your law. You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word. Away from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commands of my God!” (Psa. 119:113-115, NIV)


We need to spend time with those who are spiritually mature. They will help encourage us to grow in our faith. Time with those who are less mature is known as ministry. This is all part of the process of maturity. Eventually, our double-minded doubt will become a memory.


         “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”   (Rom. 12:1-2, NIV)


Father, help us in our efforts to be more like You. We want to be the strong, steadfast, and mature disciples that honor You. Transform us, Lord. In Your mighty name we pray. Amen!