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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Matthew 6:24

 
No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
Matthew 6:24

Jesus had just finished speaking to the multitudes in the Sermon on the Mount about where we have our treasures. He then talks about the lamp of the body being the eye. You can often determine if you are full of darkness by what your eye sees and is attracted to. He then goes into the problem of having two masters.

In one of my past jobs, I used to have a manager and a director. Both were over me and made decisions about what I needed to do. I had to equally respond to both. As you might have guessed, I favored one over the other. Sometimes one would tell me to do something and the other to do something totally different. They were rarely on the same page.

Just as we cannot have two bosses, we cannot have our life submitted to God and to mammon. The word mammon means treasure or riches that are personified and opposed to God. Far too often we tend to put our trust in our riches. We worry when we barely have enough. We worry when we have too much. Our fear of not having it is tied to not being able to live a comfortable life so we tend to put in long hours or cut corners at our jobs. Maybe we steal things from the company like pens and paper and figure we're entitled. We even set our priorities to making that extra dollar rather than spending that extra time with the Lord.

Jesus would tell us that we cannot serve both God or our riches that take His place.

Serving God,

Joshua Navarro

 

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