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The other day, I was talking to a friend at church. In one of her classes she had learned about the atom and the different particles it contains. As she shared with me about the electrical charges of these particles, it occurred to me that they can be compared to my relationship to God.

An atom is a particle which contains all of the properties of an element. It contains electrons, protons, and neutrons. Electrons are negatively charged particles that are part of all forms of matter. Protons are subatomic particles that have a charge that is equal to an electron, but with a positive charge. The subatomic particle called a neutron, has a mass nearly equal to that of a proton, but it has no electrical charge.

Three Ways

These particles remind me of the three ways I can relate to God.

1. I can choose to be a negative electron, making the decision to not follow God.

2. I can choose to be a positive proton and follow God, have faith that He is the true Messiah, and believe He is coming back to take me home with Him one day soon.

3. I can choose to be a neutral neutron, or a person who “sits on the fence” instead of choosing whether or not to believe in God.

But the Bible says that I can only serve only one master. I must choose to be for God or against Him. There can be no neutral in between. “But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth” (Revelation 3:16).

Where my heart is, that is where my treasure is. If I treasure the pleasures of this world, and put them above God, they become my gods. They are who I serve. I am like a negative electron. But if I choose to believe that God has something better for me up in heaven, and that what He has in store for me is indeed better than the pleasures of this world, then my actions will be like the positive proton. I will serve and love God. I cannot serve the god of my own pleasures and God.

I want to be a positive-for-God-proton, a positive charge for God, influencing those around me. What about you?

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