NJ Bible Study

You Cannot Serve Two Masters

You Cannot Serve Two Masters
“No one can serve two masters;  for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve God and mammon (money).”  Matthew 6:24.
The second half of Matthew chapter 6 (v.19-34) is about attitudes toward and the pursuit of money.  Jesus knows and tells us that materialism, a love for and focus on the material things of this world, is a huge threat to our relationship with God.  No one can serve God and money.  We cannot forget this!
However, there is a spiritual principle that may be more widely applied:  No one can serve two masters.  One of the two will always take precedence and the other will be set aside.  We must not deceive ourselves.  We must accept this truth.
What other masters are competing with God for our attention?  Family?  Politics? Lust? Friends?  Recreation?  A master is one to whom we are loyal, one we pursue and serve, one that affects the decisions we make about life.  We cannot serve two masters.  Choose this day whom you will serve.