“No servant 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.”
If I’m honest, being a Christian is not always an easy thing to do. I know there are plenty of believers out there who will tell you otherwise. They will tell you that following God is a simple act of the will or that its much better than the alternative. While that may be so, we are always at odds with what our fleshy selves want. Even the apostle Paul had this struggle. He said…
“For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. 17 So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.”
Needless to say, our human nature desires one thing while our spiritual nature (controlled by the Holy Spirit) wants another. That is why the Bible tells us that we cannot serve two masters. The passage from Luke above is not only about money. It’s also about our ability to do the right thing in God’s eyes; to serve him and not ourselves.
The problem is, that’s easier said than done at times. We are warned in God’s word that we cannot be just hearers of his word and not doers (James 1:22). We are also told that it is a sin to know what is right to do and not do it (James 4:17). Sometimes it’s not comfortable to do the right thing or we receive criticism for doing the right thing. Either way, we should commit to following God in everything he asks of us. That’s what it really means to make him our master. And in the end, we receive a reward for doing so:
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”