Today's Readings: OT - 2 Kings 8:16-29 / NT - Luke 16
“No servant 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 both God and Money.” - Luke 16:13
Sometime after Bob Dylan came to Christ he wrote "Gotta Serve Somebody" and won a Grammy in 1980 as a result. The chorus is as follows:
"But you're gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You're gonna have to serve somebody,
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you're gonna have to serve somebody."
Dylan seemed to understand the timeless truth that we will serve someone throughout our lives. Furthermore, he saw the matter in one basic concept: "...it may be the devil or it may be the Lord". But whichever one you choose, you only have one heart to give.
Jesus made it clear: you have to choose. You can't serve more than one master at a time. In addition, when you serve one, your attitude toward the other is embittered. If you choose to serve money and temporal gain, you will despise God and eternal values. This sheds great light on our drift from the Lord when we prioritize our wealth because... you only have one heart to give.
Who will you serve today? Who will receive your undying devotion? Will you choose the Lord and serve him with all your heart, soul and mind? Or will you serve the devil for the love of money? Remember... you only have one heart to give.
Tomorrow's Readings: OT - 2 Kings 9 / NT - Psalm 8-9