“No one can serve two masters. . . . You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matt. 6:24)
Expanded Passage: Matthew 6:24
John fumbled for his keys in the dark. It was the fourth night this week he had arrived home late. Stumbling his way across the toys on the floor, John sighed, finding it hard to remember when he had last seen his kids awake. His wife was fast asleep, tired and worn out from working all day, making supper, supervising homework, and getting the kids to bed.
Even though he missed his family, the late nights were worth it to John. He loved his job and being the boss. His family was cared for, living in a huge house, and able to enjoy some extras in life. So what if they didn’t see each other every day? They made up for it most weekends, skipping church to sleep in and make time to enjoy themselves.
Money has a way of taking over our lives. One minute it puts a roof over our heads and food on the table; the next, it begins to call the shots.
Jesus knew that positive—even necessary—things of life could overshadow God’s plans and purposes, ultimately enslaving us. A disciple’s love and commitment to God must come first. There’s no room for the true Master if money or things rule our lives.
What or who calls the shots for you? Is God the master and love of your life? The choice is up to you.
Choose to submit to God and his leadership in your life.
Angela Alvarado is the assistant editor for Communication and Administration of The Wesleyan Church and a graduate of Wesley Seminary, (IN).
© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.