(Jesus said) "No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money." Matthew 6:24
There are times when people don't pay much attention to Scripture.
They don't pay much attention because times have changed, and the things Scripture talks about don't seem to be all that applicable. For example, look at the words of Jesus in our text above.
He says, "No one can serve two masters."
Now, honestly, how many of us would admit to having two masters ... or even one? We might have a boss, a leader, a person in authority... but a master?
Aaron Deveau is proof the words of Scripture are still true, because Deveau is a man with two masters.
That calls for an explanation. This month a jury found Deveau guilty of "motor vehicle homicide and negligent operation while texting." On the day of the accident he had sent 193 texts. He was texting just before the accident, and he sent more texts after the accident -- an accident which took the life of Donald Bowley, Jr. and injured Bowley's girlfriend.
Deveau will be spending two and a half years in jail because he had two masters: driving and texting. One of those masters won out over the other.
Now you may never have sent a text in your life.
Just because you don't "text" doesn't mean you don't have two or three masters. You already have seen Deveau's masters, and Jesus spoke about folks whose masters were God and money. In all probability you have at least two forces, two masters who are doing a tug of war in your heart.
Think for a moment, what master is trying to pull you away from the Savior? Does that master win? How often and under what circumstance does he win?
It is my prayer that Deveau's story may help emphasize the import of Jesus' warning. May you become increasingly aware of your "masters" and the battle which has you as the prize.
Then, having seen, may you recognize Jesus as being the one Master who is deserving of your loyalty, fidelity and love.
His suffering, His sacrifice, His life, and His death have shown the depth of His commitment, the length to which He was willing to go, so we might be forgiven of our sins and be adopted into the family of faith. His resurrection from the dead is evidence His work of redemption has been completed.
Now salvation is graciously given to all those who acknowledge Him as Savior and who are glad to say, "Jesus is my Redeemer; the risen Christ is my Master."
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, forgive me when I consider the call or command of another master. Only You are worthy of my loyalty and faith because only You have carried my sins and completed the plan to save my soul. In Your Name. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries