Pastor’s Pen: When I say ‘Yes,’ I say ‘No’

June is a time of month I realize more than ever that every time I say “Yes” to something, I’m saying “No” to something else.

There are a lot of activities that take place in June – open houses, weddings, races, concerts, fairs, vacations, church events and more. If I say “Yes” to a fishing trip then I’m saying “No” to a concert. If I say “Yes” to someone’s wedding then I’m saying “No” to someone else’s open house.

There’s no possible way to participate in everything.

This is true in your spiritual life as well. Galatians 5:13-14 says this, “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other.”

The Bible tells us that we cannot choose to follow God (the Spirit) and sin (the flesh). Jesus, in Matthew 6:24, tells us “No one can serve two masters.”

This is our choice: follow God or follow the flesh and the world. We cannot follow both. When I say “Yes” to one of them, I am saying “No” to the other.

You say, “No, I ‘m not saying no to God. I love God, but there are just a few tweaks I want to make. It’s no big deal.” James disagrees. In James 2:15 we read these words, “If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.” If my love and desire is for something or some idea or some path other than that of God then I am telling God, “No, you are not my master.”

But the reverse is also true. If I say, “Yes” to God, His plan and His desire then I am saying “No” to the world, the flesh, and sin. When my attention is on God’s desires, it’s automatically not on the things of the world.

So what are you saying “Yes” to? Because every “Yes” to one thing is “No” to something else.