Day 206 – One Master
On: May 25, 2015 | By: SWLadmin
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“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight. Luke 16:13-15
Jesus might be using money as the medium for His teaching, but His message is about our identity. If, yesterday, we considered that we need to be the same person all the time, regardless of our “audience”, today we see that our actions and decisions need to be determined by the same motivation.
Of course, it is the same thing. If we follow God on Sunday and Mammon on Monday, we will be two entirely different people on those days. But, as Jesus says, this won’t work, for God will accept no other loyalty – You shall have no other gods before me. Exodus 20:3 – so the option of a split loyalty is an illusion. Mammon, of course, will dip and dive to accommodate us – no one’s too fussed if we go to church on Sunday, as long as it doesn’t interfere with our day job! But then we’re serving him, not God!
You and I must decide who we will follow and, as a result, who we are. We return to Joshua’s well worn comment: But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve … but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
Father God, protect me from any illusion that I can “two- time” you. My life must be all about You, or not about You at all. Give me grace to choose aright each day, for my desire is to follow You and You alone. Amen