June 16, 2107
"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”. Matthew 6:24
Another haunting thought. Who do I really serve? In my mind I want to think that I serve God—first and very enthusiastically. But to determine who I really serve I must, from time to time, consider whom I am serving.
The one I “serve” is the one that consumes the most of my time and the one that receives the most of my conscious imagination. I might claim to put God first, but the “one” or the “thing” that I ponder upon the most during the day is my real master/god.
In my 40+ years of ministry I have seen more than a few parents place their own children in place of God. They claim to be devout and committed in their faith, but their misplaced focused on their children reveals where their real treasure is. I am not, of course, suggesting that parents should not love and protect their sons and daughters, but many parents transfer their own egos onto the success and recognition of their children above and beyond other children, and even beyond what God requires of them as parents.
Christ used money as an example of the thing that often usurps God in our worship. Things have not changed one bit in terms of our focus upon money as the “thing” that can protect us, give us a warm feeling of security and cause others to respect, admire and want to befriend us. Money is naturally appealing! But He was quick to point out that if you love money, you will eventually despise God—-because God will ask you to give up whatever is that is in the way of total devotion to Him.
Loving God with all my heart, mind, soul and strength allows my mind, daydreams and hopes to be focused upon Him. Anything, anything, that competes with that will soon enough lead me away from Him.
It’s not the bad things that will lead me away from Him, but he good things. He alone is the best thing; beware of good things masquerading as best.