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04/25/2013

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Making God The Master


"No one can serve two masters. 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" (Matt.6:24).

You may have heard a sermon or two preached on today's verse. By definition, a master is one who demands complete loyalty, so the verse in its context makes sense. When we choose to make God our Master, it makes even greater sense. As the Israelites settled into the land that was promised to them, most of the inhabitants had their own gods. The Israelite nation was warned that they should have no other God before them. (Ex.34:14). In today's society, even though one might claim to serve God, others can be easily manufactured. The last word in today's verse is translated differently in different versions of the Bible. The above is from the NIV. The KJV says mammon, while the ASV uses wealth. Whichever word is used, the issue should be clear. Part of this lesson is about possession. Our God wants to possess us! When we became Christians, we were bought with a very expensive price. Jesus' teachings here are all about where one's treasure actually is. Anything that pulls us away from that we are supposed to truly love, is mammon... When we get fascinated with other treasures, before long, they will take possession of us. In choosing the Lord as our Master, we have made a choice that is lasting and eternal, while possessions are of the moment. It is a wise choice, but we must stay in focus and not fall into the other masters trap. When we allow too much time to dwell on the physical, our spiritual life will wane... Lets choose to serve God first and foremost... (Matt.6:33). He must be our Master...

Have a great day... Go about doing good... Love mark Phil.4:11

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