S.O.A.P. Devotion 2018-11-14
Scripture – Observation – Application – Prayer
“”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 ESV
Why use the phrase “two masters” when talking about God and money. Can’t one be your master and the other something you use. I think the key to this is in the word used for “money.” It is “mammon,” a Syriac word, a name given to an idol worshipped as the god of riches. Yes, money, can be just a tool that we use, but for some making money becomes an obsession. It becomes their God. They would put loyalty to obtaining money above God, family, country, or anything else. This attitude or love is contrary to the way a Christian lives. Our loyalty is to God above all other things. You can not split your loyalties in these matters. They are not compatible.
My first thought when trying to think out how to apply this scripture was the thought of two wives. Jacob’s two wives to be exact. Scripture tells us that Jacob loved Rachel, but hated Leah. It did not mean that he actually hated Leah, but that he loved Leah much less than he loved Rachel. Leah was actually used to give birth two seven of his children and to create the birthrights of the children of Israel. So my application of this text: I love God and only God as my master. I enjoy having money and use it to accomplish the things God has set before me to do. I would, and have, gladly give up opportunities to make money in the pursuit of serving God, but that does not negate the usefulness of having money to work with.
Father, help me to always keep my perspective in proper order when it comes to earthly gains and heavenly service.
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