Matthew 6:24 (NIV)
“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.
There are times when people don't pay much attention to Scripture.
They don't pay much attention because times have changed, and the things Scripture talks about don't seem to be all that applicable. For example, look at the words of Jesus in our text above.
He says, "No one can serve two masters."
Now, honestly, how many of us would admit to having two masters ... or even one? We might have a boss, a leader, a person in authority... but a master?
Aaron Deveau is proof the words of Scripture are still true, because Deveau is a man with two masters.
Let’s see if I can explain. A jury found Deveau guilty of "motor vehicle homicide and negligent operation while texting." On the day of the accident he had sent 193 texts. He was texting just before the accident, and he sent more texts after the accident -- an accident which took the life of Donald Bowley, Jr. And injured Bowley's girlfriend.
Deveau will be spending two and a half years in jail because he had two masters: driving and texting. One of those masters won out over the other.
Now you may never have sent a text in your life.
Just because you don't "text" doesn't mean you don't have two or three masters. You already have seen Deveau's masters, and Jesus spoke about folks whose masters were God and money. In all probability you have at least two forces, two masters who are doing a tug of war in your heart.
Think for a moment, what master is trying to pull you away from the Savior? Does that master win? How often and under what circumstance does he win?
As we look at Deveau's story let it remind us of the importants of Jesus' warning. May you become increasingly aware of your "masters" and the battle which has you as the prize.
Then, having seen, may you recognize Jesus as being the one Master who is deserving of your loyalty, fidelity and love.
Dear Lord Jesus, forgive us when we consider the call or command of another master. Only You are worthy of our loyalty and faith because only You have forgiven us for our sins by dying on the cross and raising from the dead. In Your Name. Amen.