“No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”
I think the key words in this scripture are masters and wealth. “Masters” for me could relate to priorities. It could also mean a choice between an employer vs. your free time or time with family.
We all go through different seasons of our lives. For me, there was a time when finding ways to earn money was a priority in my life. And not just a priority, but a much needed necessity. At one point in my life I was able to create a career for myself by being an entrepreneur and owning my own business. When you own your own business, you never really leave work behind. The business is who you are and what you’ve become. These are situations when there is not much time or thought for anything else. I am now greatly aware of how blessed I am to be a stay at home Mom. I have huge respect for those who work a 9-5 job and also create time for family, service projects and daily chores.
I think what Jesus was trying to convey was that you can’t make it a priority to build up your own empire of wealth and riches and also serve the kingdom of God. If money becomes your master than your priority is to accumulate more wealth. But if the Lord and serving God’s kingdom becomes your master than the tools that you use will be using the money and resources you have to serve God and his people.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for providing me with the resources I need to sustain myself, my family and my loved ones. I am rich with your blessings. Amen.
Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.