What Jesus Did! 'Only One #1' — Matthew 6:24

Thursday, March 16, 2017

"No person can serve two masters at the same time. He will hate one master and love the other master. Or he will follow one master and refuse to follow the other master. So you cannot serve God and Money at the same time."
— Matthew 6:24
Illustration of Matthew 6:24 — "No person can serve two masters at the same time."

Key Thought

Who will I let rule my life? With whom will my ultimate allegiance lie? When an ultimate choice has to be made, on what basis will it be made? What am I pursuing most passionately with my use of time, talents, and treasure? There is only one correct answer according to Jesus; that one true answer is our Father in heaven. Giving our devotion to anything else, or to anyone else, means that what we pursue on earth is destined for decay, death, or destruction. In the strongest terms possible, Jesus reminds us that money can't be our god if we want to serve the Lord God Almighty. It's either our Father in heaven, or not. All our energies should be channeled to honor him, or not.

Today's Prayer

Holy and Almighty God, I come before you in humility, acknowledging your greatness and majesty. I want to live with you, and your Kingdom, as my number one priority. Help awaken me to the things that I may place in my heart that rival you as God. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

"Don't save treasures for yourselves here on earth. Moths and rust will destroy treasures here on earth. And thieves can break into your house and steal the things you have. So save your treasure in heaven. The treasures in heaven cannot be destroyed by moths or rust. And thieves cannot break in and steal that treasure. Your heart will be where your treasure is. "How you look at other people makes you the kind of person you are. If you look at people and want to help them, you will be full of light (goodness). But if you look at people in a selfish way, you will be full of darkness (evil). And if the only light you have is really darkness, then you have the worst kind of darkness. "No person can serve two masters at the same time. He will hate one master and love the other master. Or he will follow one master and refuse to follow the other master. So you cannot serve God and Money at the same time.

Matthew 6:19-24

Related Scripture Readings

"I am the Lord your God. I led you out of the land of Egypt where you were slaves. {So you must obey these commands:} "You must not worship any other gods except me.

Exodus 20:2-3

It is the same for each of you. You must decide if you can leave everything you have to follow me. If not, you cannot be my follower!

Luke 14:33

You can be sure of this: No person will have a place in the kingdom of Christ and of God if that person does sexual sins, or does evil things, or is a person who always wants more and more for himself. A greedy person like that is serving a false god.

Ephesians 5:5

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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