“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon [money, possessions, fame, status, or whatever is valued more than the Lord.”
– Matthew 6:24
The choice between two kinds of masters is faced by everyone, every day!We have to choose only one master, because when both masters call at the same time, we have to make a choice of who we are going to listen to. We will, by human nature, automatically favor, serve, help, and love one; and while doing so we are disfavoring, rejecting, and showing disrespect and hatred for the other. If we are trying to balance serving God and the world, our flesh will always eventually win. Matthew 26:41 says, “Keep actively watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”
It’s impossible to serve two masters at once, so each day we must make the right choice of who is going to be our master.
If we are trying to balance serving God and the world, our flesh will always eventually win.
The choice is clear. We can serve God or allow material things to take over and serve our flesh. There are only two investments we can make: earthly treasure or heavenly treasure, and every man without exception has committed his life to one of these two treasures. The choice we make usually consumes all that we are and all that we think about.
If we choose God as our master, He promises several great things to us in His Word.
All the necessities of life are fulfilled by Him. Matthew 6:33 – “But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also.”
Freedom from anxiety & worry. Philippians 4:6-7 – “Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].”
Joy and contentment. John 15:11 – “I have told you these things so that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy may be made full and complete and overflowing.”
Abundant and eternal life. John 3:16 – “For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
To me the choice is clear who I want to serve, but we all have to make this choice on our own. Make sure you make the right one today!
Seek Him First!