Something To Think About!
I believe most Christians understand Christ’s teaching about serving two masters. Jesus says “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” (Matt 6:24 NASB) Obviously, Jesus is drawing a contrast between pursuing wealth and “pursuing” Him. The lesson is easy to understand. You can’t have two bosses, you can’t balance the demands of the world and of God.
Today I want to apply the principles Jesus is teaching to a situation I believe Christians deal with far more often than the pursuit of money.
Your Only Master Is God
The great thing about understanding the difference between application and interpretation is you can see the same scripture apply in any number of ways in your life without changing the meaning. So it is with this passage too. You shouldn’t allow the pursuit of things (“mammon“) overtake or compete with how you serve God. But I suspect many (not all) Christians made that decision long ago. They have arranged their lives where wealth and things aren’t the highest priority in life. And, I suspect, many (not all) Christians have instead made their local church and the believers there a higher priority.
So then, with today’s passage in mind, you must understand that some of your fellow believers—whether they know it or not—want to be your second master. Some of them want you to act a certain way, say certain things, vote a particular way, or enjoy a certain set of “approved” activities. Brothers and sisters, I tell you truly, you must not try to serve two masters; even if one is the Lord and the other wants to serve the Lord.
Now, this is not to say that you shouldn’t ever change your behavior nor is it to say that you shouldn’t take seriously the concerns of brothers and sisters who know you best. You should! Listen and consider what they’re telling you. You should approach the situation as if perhaps you really are wrong. Most importantly, you should search out what Scripture ACTUALLY says (not what you want it to say) and pray a lot about the proposed change in behavior. Maybe it really is best for you to stop watching that TV show. If that’s the case, praise God that someone came along and loved you enough to say something.
BUT if you’ve listened, considered, searched the scriptures, and prayed about the issue and STILL walk away with a clean conscience before your God, then, by all means, enjoy that book or continue that activity to the glory and honor of God. Serve your true master, not the wannabe; lest you hate one and love the other.
See all posts in the Something to Think About! series:
Arminian Hopelessness: STTA!
What Will it Cost You: STTA!
Unfathomable Submission: STTA!
God is Unchanging: STTA!
Patience vs Passivity: STTA!
Don't Mention the Tension: STTA!
Lifestyle Creep: STTA!
Careful With Your Mocking: STTA!
God Hears Your Prayers: STTA!
Serving Two Masters: STTA!
No Remorse: STTA!
God's Desire for All: STTA!
Corona Virus, Conspiracy, and the Kingship of Christ: STTA
There is No Free Lunch: STTA