SEPTEMBER 17: Who Will You Serve?
“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. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24
Jesus states an impossibility, and that is that no one can be dedicated to two masters. The word for serve used here in the Greek is a word that actually refers to being a willing servant or slave. All of the principles of serving money go against the principles of serving God. Loving money is the root of all kinds of evil (1 Timothy 6:10); it is difficult for those who put their trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God (Mark 10:24); the deceitfulness of riches will keep one from being fruitful in the Word of God (Mark 4:19) and it will draw one off into coveting which in turn will cause one to stray from the faith and bring self – inflicted sorrow. Serving God, however, will place one in a position to receive his or her own needs met, to have resources for giving to others and allow one to enjoy the material things that one has because their trust is in the right place (Matthew 6:24-34; 2 Corinthians 9:6-15; 1 Timothy 6:17-19).
Scripture reading: Psalm 37:1-40