“No one can be a slave of two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot be slaves of God and of money.
Matthew 6:24 (HCSB)
Note from Kip…
‘I’m my own man! I’m a slave to no one!’
Wrong! That is simply wrong. I don’t care who you are, or what your status is, you are a slave. We don’t get a choice being free men and women, that option doesn’t exist.
Choose Your Master
You can however choose who your master is going to be. We have free-will, it’s true. That gives us the ability to make choices. As I told my boy’s many times, those choices we make have consequences attached to them. There is no choice that is not a change agent to some degree, even if that effect is minimal. Even the choice to do nothing whatsoever has an effect.
It is consistent with the properties of physics. You can not even observe something without changing it in some way. That is just how delicate things in our realm are, the least little thing affects us as we affect everything around us.
Jesus went on to say in the verse after that one;
“This is why I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing?”
Matthew 6:25 (HCSB)
The one choice we can make, the one action we can take, that impacts us more than anything else is ‘Who your master is!’ This choice changes everything in our lives and everything around us.
This isn’t something you can avoid either, because by not yielding to a master, results in a selection of the default master. There is a saying that ‘Time waits for no one.’ It is true, we are linear beings constantly moving across a finite timeline, while we exist in this physical universe.
We have a start point and and end point on a timeline. During the brief period we have in-between our beginning and our endpoint, we have the most monumental choice to make. This choice is monumental because while these bodies and our time here is fixed along that timeline, our existence traverses that end point on our timeline. In fact, our existence will cross the boundary of time itself, because we are living souls and these souls are eternal.
That is the way Jesus made us. In His image.
So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female.
Genesis 1:27 (HCSB)
The fact that we are made in His image is also why we have been given free-will. God has free-will and He chose to create us in His likeness. We do not possess all of His attributes but the ones we have been given are indelible. Free-will or self determination is among the top characteristics we inherited from the Creator. Of course being eternal, is the top attribute we have been given, in His effort to make us like Him.
So, here is the crux of today’s discussion. We are eternal and made in God’s image. We also exist in a temporal state, in a temporary body. While we are in that body we have a choice to make. The default value of that decision is death. The option before us is life. If we do nothing then death is what we have chosen because not to choose life is death. It is just that simple.
If we get to that end point on the timeline and have not made a choice to serve Jesus our soul will continue to exist, but it will exist in death rather than life.
Jesus Christ is the Master of Life.
“And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment.”
John 3:36 (NLT)
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:23 (HCSB)
Jesus in our focus passage of today was telling us, we must make the choice to follow Him and Him only. The attempt to serve our flesh is to be chained to satan and darkness. Many people are attempting to ‘ride the fence’ on this issue. They seem to think that they can split the middle and satisfy self desires and God both.
Listen to what Jesus said.
“No one can be a slave of two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other.”
He didn’t say you’re going to have a hard time doing it. What Jesus said was that ‘no one’, which includes you and I, can be the slave of two masters.
We are either in, or we are out.
If we live in a manner that we look to the day when Jesus says ‘Well done my good and faithful servant’, we have selected Jesus as that master.
On the other if our faith is a part time proposition, we embrace on Sunday mornings but live for self and the flesh the rest of the week, then there is another master we are bound to and that master will not embrace you and tell you that you’ve done a good job.
Who’s your master today? Will you chose to serve the one who created you? The one that died for you, so that you might be free to choose Him as your Lord and Master.
Make a choice. You are someone’s slave. Let it be the one that has loved you from before the beginning of time, Jesus!