“No servant 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.” - Luke 16:13
Jesus today emphasizes the fact that our service and commitment as servants must be single minded and focused. The world, with all its allurements, attractions and pleasures, desires our attention. God says love not the world or the things in the world. “If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world.”
Material things are transient - they pass away in time. Money is a necessity in life and many sacrifice at its altar. The possession of mammon, or money, gives a feeling of security and power. If you are blessed and your finances increase we are not to set our hearts on it. We should not serve money, but money should serve us.
Because of the importance of money in life we must refuse to allow it to get a hold on us. We must be masters of our finances and not the other way around.
Mammon and God must take their proper place in our lives. Jesus says, you will either love the one, or despise, the other - you cannot serve two masters at the same time.
Who, or what, is the master of your life today? What is captivating your devotion today? Consider the time and energy you put into making money in comparison to time and energy put into service and devotion to the King of Kings.
Dear Father God I thank You today for the opportunity You have given me to serve You. I choose today to put You and Your kingdom first and foremost in my life. I devote myself to You and Your kingdom today.