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"God First"

September 25, 2013

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(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

* The other day I found myself driving behind a car that was doing 27 miles an hour on a street where the posted speed was 55 mph.

* Last week I had to jump out of the way of a vehicle that was backing up in a grocery store parking lot.

* Last month I laid on the horn to get the attention of a driver who seemed to be headed directly toward my vehicle.

* Thankfully, none of those incidents caused any damage. That was not the case in Waldorf, Maryland, when a woman crashed her vehicle into a tree and ended up in a lake. She was okay, but her Hyundai wasn't designed to sit upside down in five feet of water.

These four, seemingly unrelated incidents, have one thing in common. Have you guessed what that unifying factor might be? You get an A for the day if you said, "Those cars were all being driven by someone who was also texting on their cell phones."

Oh, there is one other thing those drivers have in common: they all go to prove there is truth in the words of the Savior who told us no man can serve two masters.

Now if I stopped all of my drivers and asked them -- do you think you can give proper attention to driving and texting? -- I am sure they would all give me a sincere and affirmative answer. They would say something like, "Of course, I can. I wouldn't text and drive if I thought any differently."

Well, they might think they can do two things equally well, but reality says they are mistaken.

That is also true for us. Either we love God or we love the world. Either the Lord is first in our lives or He is not. And in case anyone is wondering, the Lord is not content to run a distant second or third in the hearts of His people.

We can understand why that would be.

After all, He has decided to reach down and save His wayward children from themselves. He has, in His grace, done that which was necessary to rescue us from the clutches of sin, the devil, and death. In the Person of His Son, through Jesus' perfect life and total sacrifice, He has given hope, forgiveness and eternal life to all who are brought to faith in the risen Redeemer.

Now He asks that those who have been rescued show their appreciation by remembering what He has done and keeping Him first in all they do.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, grant us the wisdom and self-knowledge to realize we are not the world's only exception to the rule: no man can serve two masters. Help us acknowledge all You have done for us and live our lives thankfully. In the Savior's Name I ask it. Amen.

In Christ I remain His servant and yours,


Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries

Today's Bible Readings: Isaiah 37-38    Romans 5

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