Servant or Master

Published December 8, 2018 by Pastor Ron West in Pastor's Thoughts

Servant or Master

Lu 16:13 “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”


It is utterly impossible to live for things and for God at the same time. If we are mastered by money, we cannot really be serving the Lord. In order to accumulate wealth, we must devote our finest efforts to the task. In the very act of doing this we rob God of what is rightfully his. It is a matter of divided loyalty. Motives are mixed. Decisions are not impartial. Where our treasure is, there our heart is also. In the effort to gain wealth, we are serving mammon. It is quite impossible to serve God at the same time. Mammon cries out for all that we have and are—our evenings, our weekends, the time we should be giving to the Lord. As I thought about this this morning, I came to the conclusion that money is not the only thing that keeps us from doing what we know is right. It’s a big one, But anything that keeps us from reading our Bibles, praying, church attendance and serving our Lord is taking our hearts from the Lord. The longer you serve the wrong master the farther and farther you get from the real Master, Jesus. To help us reverse our preoccupation with money and worldly pursuits, Ken Gire wrote this prayer: “Dear Jesus, help me this day to see with the eyes I will one day be given at death. I see clearly enough now what is highly valued in the sight of men. Give me eyes to see what is highly valued in Your sight.” And what does God highly value? Obedience, Letting Him have the place in your life that He deserves.


1Sa 15:22 Then Samuel said: “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.


What master are you serving today!