Friday, August 14, 2009

Two Masters


13"No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money."

14The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. 15He said to them, "You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of men, but God knows your hearts. What is highly valued among men is detestable in God's sight.
Luke 16:13-15, New International Version

Two Masters

What is the lesson that Christ is teaching in Luke 16:13? Is it wrong for a Christian to be rich? I am afraid that some take that view, but they could not be more wrong. The emphasis in this verse is not on the word, "money," but rather on the word, "serve."

Money is a tool that can be used effectively for the service of the Lord, or not. A faithful servant of God who is wealthy has a great responsibility to use that wealth to advance the kingdom of Christ. It is not wrong for him to enjoy the fruits of his wealth, but it is wrong for him to serve his money and the seeking after more, rather than keeping his service to Christ preeminent in his life.

In our culture of greed, seeking after more money is considered a healthy attitude. The problem, however, is that no man ever reaches that point where he is satisfied with what he has. The more money one has, the more that one tends to seek after more. As such, it is often true that the rich are emulated and given high offices in our land.

Again, that is not wrong in and of itself. God often uses his servants in high offices. The heart attitude is the real issue. I love Paul's words in Philippians 4.

11Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Truly, no man can serve two masters. Let us pray that we will internalize the words of Paul in Philippians 4, that we would have the desire to live faithfully for Christ whether we abound in wealth or suffer need.

Go to Christ this day. Pray that you will not serve two masters, but will only serve the Lord Jesus Christ.

God Bless You,
Linda


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