Imagine at your workplace or school or home, one authority instructs you do this and another asks you to do something else, what would you do? Certainly, there is no peace where there are competing demands because each master has its own demand. This is exactly what happens to us when we are in two minds. If we seek to please God but allow other worldly possessions to take control of us, we get conflicting instructions each time.
In our society, there is only one President or leader at a time. Even in church there is the Head Pastor or Parish Priest. This is so because there should be someone who will always take responsibility and can be held accountable. The same is true in our spiritual life; it is only one master that can be in charge. It is either God or other masters we have made for ourselves.
In our world today, it is not only the craving for wealth that we have made as masters, but our sensual pleasures too. Note that, the human body does not have the capacity to serve two masters. We have to decide on one.
Jesus says in Matthew 6:24-34, we shouldn’t worry if we have decided to make him the one in charge of our lives. If he becomes the only master in our lives, he takes responsibility for what you will eat and wear; in fact, everything will be taken care of by God, therefore do not be worried and anxious.
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.
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:24-34 New International Version (NIV)
(Song) “My life time, I will give God my life time. If I give God my life time, He will take care of me….He will never ever let me down. I will give God my life time”…Let this song be on your lips as a reminder always.
Peace and Joy
Written by Rev. Fr. Courage Dogbey
My life time Lord I give to You. Everything else can wait. Unto You I cast my burdens, take care of me and never let me down.