“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 NKJV
The scriptures are to teach us, discipline us and to remind us. Deuteronomy 6 possesses the SHEMA, which is the prayer designed for Israel to remember what God has done for them, and who He is. It continues with this admonition: And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Dt 6:5-9) We are called to REMEMBER, in other words, put it back together. Every time we put the arms and legs on Mr. Potato Head we re-membered him. This is what God uses the Bible to do, put things back together for us. The Greek word used for mammon in the Bible is “mamōnas” and means “treasure” or “riches”. Some versions of the Bible say money, but this is more than money it is all we treasure, our fame, our network, our following, our family, our accumulated name and reputation, and all that encompasses our lived lives.
Leader, Jesus said you can’t serve God and also serve your worldly desires- that is what we treasure; 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. (1 John 2:16) You can serve as many masters as you want on this planet, you can work 2 and 3 jobs, but you can’t work for competing companies. You couldn’t work for Pepsi and Coke, they compete, and they are fighting for the same market share. It is no different for the things of the world and the things of God. You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. (James 4:4) God even uses the word that is used when a spouse cheats on another spouse; Adulterer. Not only are they competing with each other, but they are JEALOUS of each other- so it will never work. Then God gave the people all these instructions: “I am the LORD your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery. “You must not have any other god but me. “You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. (Exodus 20:1-5a)
Conduit, in the Gospel of Luke:16:13, Jesus says almost the very same thing where He said “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. Here God uses the word “devoted” which is close to the same things as being a slave. If someone devotes their life to something, that means that they pour everything that they have and everything that they are into whatever it is that they are devoted to. To be devoted is to have a powerfully strong affection or attachment to something or someone. Devotion can be seen as a deep, abiding love. Paul warned Timothy about a love of money, writing that “the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs” (1 Tim 6:10). The root of all kinds of evil is not money…it is the love and devotion to money, to the point of becoming its slave. Time is short, THE TIME IS NOW to make a decision His Kingdom, or your kingdom? The Prophet Elijah posed the same decision to the people of Israel; And Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” (1 Kings 18:21) God says your treasure is where your heart is, where you spend the majority of your time and your focus. Let us consider, is it time to REFOCUS our TIME on the things of God instead of the things of man? Choose well CHILD OF GOD!