All those years ago (26 to be precise – I know I’m not old enough!!), when we made our promises to each other, we declared that we were giving ourselves to each other – and therefore no longer free to give ourselves to anyone else.
Marriage is an exclusive relationship. You cannot give yourself wholeheartedly to one person if you still really want to give another part of you to someone else. When you make the commitment, you make a choice.
And so it is with life. You can’t concentrate on one thing if you are still yearning for something else.
Paul speaks of this in terms of faith, and living by God’s rules:
Don’t you know that you are slaves of anyone you obey? You can be slaves of sin and die, or you can be obedient slaves of God and be acceptable to him. Romans 6:16
If we give ourselves to God, we can’t also be giving ourselves to sin and living the way God doesn’t like. We are either with God, or not, and our lives should reflect that. When we choose to live for God, we can be free from sin, we no longer need to be looking for another way – we are with God!
day by day
in my life
help me to choose you
and your ways.
I have made my choice,
may I no longer flirt with other options.
May my heart,
be given to you
and lived in you.