Scripture to Read: Matthew 6:24
God uses His Word in our lives to encourage, motivate, build up, challenge, convict, feed, empower, prepare, teach, and in so many other ways. As our Lord Jesus Christ teaches us through the “sermon on the Mount,” Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:24, “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” When we consider the word “wealth,” this word includes money, possessions, fame, status, or anything else we value more than our Lord. So, we must examine closely what our heart desires and why our heart desires those things. We must remember that we have the free choice to desire whatever we choose. As Christians, we may ask God to change our desires, but this is the lazy way of getting what we want—here’s why—when our desires don’t change and we continue to long for the garbage this world offers us, we can say, “God didn’t change my desires as I asked Him to do.” But God has given us the ability to choose Him and everything He has to offer us or to choose the junk this world offers us. We know this because Jesus said we can’t serve two masters—that means we choose the master of our lives. God tells us in 1 Peter 2:2, “like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation.” It’s our choice!
Challenge & Application
· What did God teach you today about serving two masters?
· Who are you choosing to be master over your life, Jesus Christ as Lord or the spiritual forces of wickedness (Romans 6:16)?
Don’t forget to pray using the A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) method!