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I’m sure you have flipped a coin at one time or another, right? This method of random selection between two choices is used at the start of American-style football games to determine which team gets the ball first. It works because a coin can’t land as both heads and tails at the same time. They are mutually exclusive.
Many things in life are mutually exclusive. If you have $100 to spend, and all of your choices cost $50 or more, you can’t buy two things – only one. Location is another example. We usually say it as “you can’t be in two places at once.”
Or think of a drinking glass. You can fill the glass with many things. You can even mix different liquids, such as milk and chocolate syrup. But you can’t fill it with air at the same time you fill it with a liquid. The liquid displaces the air. One excludes the other.
In a similar way, we can’t fill our heart with two different loves. Listen to 1 John 2:15, “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (NIV) John tells us that love of the world displaces the love of God. What fills your heart today? Are you craving things of this world or desiring to display your love of God by obeying him?
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