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I’m In Love Real Bad


No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. (Matthew 6:24 NASB)

You are probably thinking to yourself by now – move on to the next verse already. Yeah – me too. But I am stuck on one more thing here.

There is a link that Jesus draws here between service and love, and it has been getting under my skin for the last week or so.

Clearly God’s intention is for us to love people, neighbors anyway but what about stuff? Are we allowed to love stuff?

Here is the problem. There is just stuff I love.large__597174047

  • Pizza pops into mind.
  • A good night sleep
  • A comfy chair
  • A brisk walk
  • A vacation
  • Spreadsheets (I can be a bit of a geek at times)
  • My lap full of Mac
  • A good MLT (mutton lettuce and tomato for those of you who don’t love
  • The Princess Bride) morning I was talking with Larry (my dear friend and frequent Saturday breakfast buddy) about this and he pointed out that I am probably not loving my pizza with agapaō. This made me happy.

So what is the difference?

Agapaō is an active love – love that expends itself for the good of it’s object.

My love for my Mac is more like a buddy – buddy kind of love – more of a Philly kind of love. (referring to that brotherly love – phileo) We like to pal around together, but I don’t look to it as my master.

Stuff can become your master, and so become an idol. When you start organizing your life around it – working your schedule around your stuff – putting people off for your stuff – then perhaps you have a stuff problem.

I have a simple one question quiz that will help.

What/Who comes first in your life?

If your answer was Jesus – no worries. If your answer was anything else – I have a simple solution.

Make Jesus first.

There – that was easy.


Thanks for coming by today.


Shadow photo credit: Sarah Korf via photo pin cc
Pizza photo credit: callme_crochet via photopin cc


0 thoughts on “I’m In Love Real Bad

  1. Caddo Veil

    Good message, Ben--I got distracted in a good way, when I read "pizza" and the rest of the list; then just got distracted, period, trying to read the coding or whatever--by your chat with friend Larry. I do love the song in "Princess Bride"--the romantic one, can't think of the title--but I'm not crazy about the movie. And I'd say I'm more involved with Jesus first, people next--not very big on "stuff". God bless you and the fam--love, sis Cowgirl Caddo (not that you're likely interested, but PRCA National Finals Rodeo starts tonight--yippee!!)

    1. Ben Nelson

      Yippie Yi Ah Ka Oh - sounds like fun. Thanks for your note- not sure what you meant about coding - I am wondering if you are not seeing what I am. hmmm

      i am often distracted by pizza too

      have fun at the finals rootn' fer your boys!


      1. Caddo Veil

        I'm sure you are not seeing it, otherwise you'd have fixed it. Maybe I should look at it from the other server, or whatever that's called. Tonight is Round 1--it's gonna be a long 10 days...


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