Two Masters Won’t Cut It

Matthew 6:24 No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand by and be devoted to the one and despise and be against the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (deceitful riches, money, possessions, or whatever is trusted in).
 
If we are controlled by our flesh, we won’t be able to be led by His Spirit. Romans 8:7-10 tells us   7[That is] because the mind of the flesh [with its carnal thoughts and purposes] is hostile to God, for it does not submit itself to God’s Law; indeed it cannot.   8So then those who are living the life of the flesh [catering to the appetites and impulses of their carnal nature] cannot please or satisfy God, or be acceptable to Him.  9But you are not living the life of the flesh, you are living the life of the Spirit, if the [Holy] Spirit of God [really] dwells within you [directs and controls you]. But if anyone does not possess the [Holy] Spirit of Christ, he is none of His [he does not belong to Christ, is not truly a child of God]. 10But if Christ lives in you, [then although] your [natural] body is dead by reason of sin and guilt, the spirit is alive because of [the] righteousness [that He imputes to you].
 
When I was first studying being led by the Spirit of God, today’s verse kept coming to my mind. It says that we can’t serve God and mammon. I don’t know about you, but I have only heard this verse in the context of money. While usually mammon does mean wealth or money, it also means what we put our confidence in, or what we trust in. What is the master in our lives, our flesh or the spirit of God? The word master here comes from the Greek word kourios which means control or authority.  If we look at some of the definitions of master it means someone or something that controls, or influences events, things, emotions, feelings or behavior. What things control our lives? For some it may be money, or friends, or relationships, or a particular job. There is nothing wrong with these things, but if we are allowing them greater influence in our lives than the Spirit of God we are serving two masters. As we look a little further into today’s verse we see that serving two masters is impossible. Either we will hate the one and love the other or we will be devoted to the one and despise and be against the other. When we see that word hate we might feel a sense of relief, because we may think “I don’t hate God”. However to hate doesn’t just mean feelings of hostility or anger, but it can also be defined as to love less than. What things in our lives are we loving God less than? Do we love God less than we love our lives? Are we willing to lay down what we want in order to do what He wants us to do? Do we love our flesh more, or do we love God more? If there are areas that we have loved God less, we have the opportunity to repent, to make adjustments and to choose to love Him more from this point forward.

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