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TWO MASTERS

Date: September 11

Category: New Life in God

Matthew 6:24-25, 33
"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 one and despise and be against the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (deceitful riches, money, possessions, or whatever is trusted in). Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing?… But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides."

Slobodan & Ljiljana KrstevskiThis is a classic teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ. He teaches us that there are two masters. One master is God and the other master is mammon. He says here that mammon is deceitful riches, money, possessions, and whatever we put our trust in. But we cannot serve two masters; we can serve either God or money.

There are some people who claim to serve God, but they really serve money. You can recognize those people by the way they handle their finances. People who serve money are those who hold back their tithes and offerings. When they hold back what belongs to God, it shows that they don't have the fear of God in their hearts. But when we give God our tithes and offerings it is a sign that we recognize God as the source of all our increase. Our obedience shows that we acknowledge God as the owner of all our money and possessions. But those who hold back from giving are those who are controlled by money.

Also, people who work so much that they don't spend time with God are those who are controlled by money as well. They spend so much time working to earn more and more money that they don't spend time with God or their families. That's an indication that money is their ruler. So Jesus says here that we cannot serve two masters. We can either serve God or mammon.

Verse 25 describes the life of someone who serves money rather than God. If you serve money then it says here that you are "perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on." Serving money will do that to you. It will cause you to constantly worry about whether or not you have enough. But the last part of verse 25 says, "Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing?" So your life and your body are much more important than food and clothing.

That's why it says in verse 33, "But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides." So God should be your first priority. We are to seek after the Kingdom of God and His righteousness first. When we do that, then all these other material things will be added unto us. When we make God our first priority and seek after Him, then we won't have to worry about all those other things.

It says in verse 34, "So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble." So God wants us to operate on faith and not fear, and we do that by seeking Him before anything else. As we do that, God will give us wisdom and creative ideas to earn enough money for our living. He will show us how to be prudent with our finances. From every increase, we are to give God our tithes and offerings, but we should also set aside double that amount for our future. If we do that, then we will always have enough. There will be no need to worry or be anxious.

People who make money their first priority often squander it on materialistic things without putting anything aside. So when an emergency arises or retirement comes, suddenly they are worried and fearful. But when we make God our first priority, then we will give Him our tithes and offerings (ten plus percent of our gross income), and we will put aside, double of whatever we give to God (twenty plus percent of our gross income), for our futures. Knowing that God is first in our lives and knowing that we have given Him what's His and have put money aside for ourselves, we can live without worry. We'll have peace of mind knowing that as we seek God's Kingdom and His righteousness first, then everything else will be provided for. But they will be provided for through our own wise handling of our time, our relationships, and our money. That's such an important principle for every believer to understand. So today, let's remember to make God our first priority!

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