Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Serving Two Masters


No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Every person in this world, no matter who you are, is a temple. As Christians we all can understand that, because we all know that The Spirit of God dwells in all believers. Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. (John 14:17) , Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? ( 1 Corinthians 3:16) but if you stop, give it some thought, it is true of everyone. We are either temples of The Holy Spirit or a temple of one of many other idols. By our own nature we are worshipers of something and that is where our heart and affections are. Where ever your heart is there you shall be!

Sometimes we under estimate the power of out affections. We chase after things that we love and want the most. That which we value most highly. And when that takes place, when that happens to be something other than the Lord, most of the time we are trying to serve two masters. Regardless of what we are told we are not held helpless to our hearts desires. We chose those desires of our heart. They do not just walk in. We value our relationships, our wealth, our possessions, and many other things, above everything else, because we choice to do so. To many times we find we have to many masters and to many substitutes for our Lord. When things such as this are put above the Lord we are in trouble.

As I studied this I found out something. Jesus did not say no one should not serve two masters. He said no one can serve two masters. Some people try to maintain their fellowship with the Lord while they put greater affection on less worthy things. It is when a Christian knows the power of their affections that they become wise disciples. All God's people must remember that our bodies are a house of worship and there can only be one true and rightful master in that house. Anything else will pollute the temple. It is not wrong to want or have these other things. It becomes wrong when it starts controlling your life.


JT said...

There comes a time when we all have to give up something. In Genesis 21:1-14 God instructed Abraham to give up his son. When Isaac arrived Abraham sent Hagar and his son into the desert of Beersheba. I enjoy your blog. May God Bless You.

Bill Patchett said...

JT Thank you for your comment and I enjoy your blog. Your comments always add to the article and they are appreciated.