The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225


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"No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money" (Matt. 6:24).

There are so many lessons that we can learn from this verse. I am pretty sure that it is not talking about multi-tasking. Many of us males of the species are not very good at that..In the Jewish community of Jesus' day and in ours today there is a lot than can be said about divided loyalty. Jesus teaching on it was that it just does not work. Throughout history, downfalls of nations were caused by some divided loyalties. When we look at America's struggle for independence over two centuries ago, it was all about loyalty to a cause. People would have to be completely sold on it or it wouldn't have worked. Many of the questions asked of Jesus dealt with loyalty. "Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?" I know that it was a question designed to trick Jesus at the time, but it was a weighty one dealing with loyalty to a country that controlled them or to the God they worshipped. Jesus had a bottom line....The ultimate choice we must make is about our allegiance to God over all other loyalties.

Many of Jesus' teachings are about loyalty. The Rich young ruler of Matthew 19 comes to mind. When told that his loyalty was misplaced, he went away because "he had great wealth." In the Parable of the Great Banquet of Luke 14, loyalties are seen in the three excuses. "I just bought a field"....."I just bought a yoke of oxen".... "I just got married, so I can't come." Life is obviously filled with choices. Some are day to day matters that aren't life threatening. But the big choices in life are all about loyalty. Wedding vows are about loyalty. Obeying the laws of our country are about loyalty. On a lesser level, rooting for our favorite team is about loyalty. Becoming a Christian, and then putting God first, is about loyalty. Because God is supreme, and Jesus is His Son, He is deserving of our complete loyalty. Jesus puts us to the ultimate test on this matter in Matthew 12:30. "He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters." What the world offers in terms of loyalty is always temporary, what God offers is eternal...

Have a wonderful day.... Let your light shine for Him.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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