24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. Matthew 6:24
This morning I awakened from a very eventful dream. As I laid there, I heard these words, “You can’t serve two masters.” I reached for my phone to search up the scripture and immediately began feeling an urgency to share this scripture with an important message.
Okay, I thought….. I’ve got the scripture, check! But what is the message?
I contemplated the idea of just posting a scripture on social media as I normally do and move on. The more I entertained that thought, the more I felt the urgency to share. It just kept gnawing at me.
So, I did what I know to do when I don’t know what to do (hope I didn’t lose you). I went and asked God because He knows best. I began journaling the dream. Side note: The dream consisted of events that had already taken place and of choices that were made. I won’t disclose the details of the events as it won’t change the context of the message.
I continued journaling the dream, stopping in between to ask the following questions…..
God, what are your thoughts regarding what I believe you’ve shown me?
If these events already passed, how were they pertinent to the scripture that you’ve given me?
The urgency of sharing is still overwhelming. What am I supposed to share?
Sitting there I then heard these words, “Master! Master! I choose?”
I thought it would be beneficial to read all of chapter 6. Throughout this chapter, Jesus is pointing out the different Masters in the lives of people, not just His disciples but all those who said they were His followers. Not only does He point these out but He urges them not to do them. For example
Master 1: verses 1-7, & 16: Appearance…. Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
Master 2: verses 19-21: Storing Treasures…. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Master 3: verses 25-34: Worrying…. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Just like my dream, these things had already taken place in the lives of people. They had become Masters in their lives. Yet Jesus lovingly urged them to NOT do those things.
TODAY God is Urging us, not just the body of Christ, but ALL who claim to be followers of Jesus, “Who will you choose?”
We can’t “serve” God and be lovers of our own desires and choices.
Please hear me friends. I don’t share this from a place of having attained it. I’m sharing this with the urgency in which it was given to me. With the same urgency that Jesus shared it.
There is a high cost to being a disciple of Jesus Christ. Jesus said it this way later in Matthew 16,
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.
Again, we can’t serve two masters. We can’t be lovers of this world, of our own desires, of our own choices (these are masters in our lives) and serve God. The end-result will be that we will love one and despise the other.
Who will you choose?
I pray the answer is Master! Master! I choose YOU! Jesus!
How to: Choices are made every day. From what we wear to what we eat. In the same way, we are faced with making choices that please God daily.
Think about what things are “Masters” over your life. Your family, your job, worrying, your appearance (looking good before man), money, fear, control, addictions, social media, friendships, etc.
Write them down somewhere visible. Surrender them to God daily, asking Him to be the Master over all of it! It can be as simple as Jesus Help me with (insert those things here).