Matthew 7:24 (ESV) – “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 money.”
A billionaire philanthropist sits alone in private study, contemplating the meaning of life. Though he hasn’t a financial care in the world, he struggles with depression. Lately, his charitable donations do little to ease the pain inside his heart. Something is amiss.
A single mother finds herself surrounded by a dozen attentive toddlers in children’s church, as she concludes her reading of the birth of Jesus Christ. Though her current savings account reflects a balance of $45, she still preaches on the importance of giving to those in need. Her heart is filled with the joy of the Lord, and she trusts that He will provide for her every need.
While the United States of America happens to be the wealthiest nation on the planet, too many of its citizenry suffer from despair. Too many people choose to ignore the teachings of the Lord. We try to compromise on our own terms, by balancing a self- determined healthy dose of love for money and love for God. We want the Lord to give us more financial liberty before devoting ourselves to His will. Some of us blatantly disrespect the Lord altogether, in favor of the love of money.
To serve money is the goal for some. The Lord made it clear: you cannot serve two masters. Money is a fleeting, perishable item. It comes and it goes. Even the richest man on the planet will someday have to part with his begotten wealth, because he cannot take it into the afterlife. Most of his time is spent in a constant state of tracking the growth of his wealth. You really don’t have to take my word for it. Just watch the news. Media is riddled with headline stories of wealthy, seemingly happy people destroying their own lives.
To serve God is the goal for others. Concerning two masters, the Lord said you will hate the one and love the other. The reality is that following God is not easy all the time. There exists the possibility of financial poverty. Debt persecution is a reality for many. Yet, the Lord works all things for good, for those who truly love Him. To follow the Lord means placing yourself directly in line with the creator of all things. There is a peace associated with that truth, a lot of people do not understand. This is how a faithful tither continues to be blessed with just enough to fulfill her needs. Her trust rests in loving the Lord.
The bottom line is, you have to make a choice on whom you will serve. That’s what life ultimately boils down to. Whom will you serve? You can’t have two masters.