Who do you serve?
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
Who do you serve? You have probably never thought of it and maybe a better question would be what do you serve? Ideally, your answer would be God, but realistically, it would probably be safe to say: yourself, your employer, your friends and family or your bank account.
In order to truthfully answer this question, let’s take a look at life’s priorities. In my case, my priorities are my family members. I have a job, but since it is part time, our household does not solely depend on my income. I can also identify that I spend a significant amount of time studying and pursuing God, His goodness, love and purpose for my life. However, if I am being honest with myself, I would have to admit that I am mostly interested in me and what belongs to me. Do I serve me? Sometimes. When it comes down to the decisions I make in life, my desire is to follow God’s plan because I know there is success there. Do I always do it perfectly? No way!! However, my heart’s desire is to honor God and be successful in the things He has called me to, so I attempt to follow every direction He speaks to my heart and through His Word.
Today’s scripture only gives two choices. God or mammon. Other translations would say God or money, but mammon is the name of the spirit of covetousness. This is good news, because money is not evil. In fact, we need it to accomplish well, anything. The key is not to trust or depend on it. We trust God to provide, and we trust God to meet our needs. Mostly, that happens by our faithfully working in the employment that He has given us to supply those needs we have such as: home, food, clothing and transportation.
I believe the question to ask yourself is: Are you working hard for the money? Or are you working hard to honor and represent your Heavenly Father at the job He has given you to provide money. Chase after God, not after a paycheck. When you follow what He has planned for you, you will live the richest and fullest life ever imaginable.
Lastly, this passage says if you try to serve both God and mammon, you will hate one of them and love the other or cling to/be loyal to one and despise the other. Wow! This is enlightening. It explains why there are so many people out there that hate their jobs but will not let go because the are working for the money. Likewise, there are many that are thankful for the employment and work hard with a good attitude because they recognize that it is a gift to have the opportunity to choose where and how you will serve the Master.
Today I want to encourage you to examine your heart and your life. Ask yourself “am I working hard for money or am I working for my Father in heaven by being a good employee with a good attitude and work ethic?” Be honest with yourself and make an adjustment if you need to. Mostly, be thankful for all God has provided for you and be faithful to work where you are as unto God, not your boss.
Today’s scripture reading: Matthew 6:22-24
22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light.
23 But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
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.