“Two Masters, God or Money”
“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (money). Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?”
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
While Jesus was teaching His disciples in what would be called, “The Sermon on the Mount”, He sets forth an obvious truth. This truth is the impossibility of living for God and for money at the same time. He uses terms like masters and servants/slaves to convey the relationship. He says, “No man can serve two masters…“. The reason for this impossibility stems from the fact of ownership and how a slave is the possession of his or her master. Not only will a master naturally want his slave to only serve him, but a slave will naturally want to serve his or her master only. Also, this impossibility is within the heart of the slave as well. He or she will inevitably be more loyal and more obedient to one of the masters over the other. So it is with God and money or wealth. Both present rival claims and a choice must be made. Either we exalt God and give Him precedence in our hearts, lives, and families, or we reject Him and allow for the rule of materialism and temporal things in our hearts, lives, and families. Here in Matthew 6:24, Christ is telling you that you do not have the ability to serve two masters. It is not a matter of permission to serve two masters; it is a matter of ability. Which master do you serve?
Be Encouraged: Brothers and Sisters in Christ, during this time of the year we see certain patterns of this world that man strives to promote and practice; some of which are not of Christ nor found within His Holy Word (Romans 12:2). The current of this world during this season is strong; easily pulling sleeping believers into its current. Will you the born again follower of Christ be swept away in the current or will you fight to swim upstream towards Christ? As Christ said, “You cannot serve both God and money”. How much of a materialist are you? This is an honest question that requires your honest answer before God alone. Who do you truly serve? Where does your 365 days a year, 100% devotion rest? Do you truly serve God? If so, then do the things that He commands of us to do. Do you truly serve money and possessions? If you do, you will naturally put aside the things of God to pursue money and material possessions. These are thought provoking questions that you must settle within your heart and before God. Brothers and Sisters we live in an overly materialistic society that has more joy in possessions; rather than relationships, in things rather than people, in stuff rather than community. Satan is a liar and he will stop at nothing to get you off the narrow way. Let us as slaves and servants of Christ resist the current of material gain and pursue Christ. Let us repent (turn away) from anything that takes our minds and hearts away from Christ and His Word! Let us seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness 365 days a year.
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