Serving Two Masters2011-08-31 at 04:04 am Blog RSS
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
In my life over the last number of years, I have seen the truth of this verse played out and shown to be true in my life. My job for the last several years had consisted of two parts. They were actually two part time jobs combined to make one full time position at the same workplace. One part of the job I absolutely loved and could not wait to go do it. The other part of my job I loathed and muddled through it just because it allowed me to get the benefits that go with the full time work.
In the literal sense at my job, I did have two masters and there was that love hate relationship betwixt the two positions. Recent events in my life that I have previously shared forced me to pare down to just one of the positions as full time, and the other I had to leave. Unfortunately, so I thought, it was the part of the job I loved that I had to leave and take on full time the part of the job I despised. I kinda figured it is what it is, and it was a blessing to be able to get this arrangement considering the alternatives which were not as appealing.
Since starting the position and working at it for a month now, I found something very interesting occurring. Suddenly I sort of liked the job I was doing that I did not like so much before. I am much more focused and detailed in the position than I was when it was the red headed stepchild. I seem motivated and interested in what I am doing where before I was just doing time. Then the above verse jumped into my thoughts.
Although I did not pay it much attention before, it now seems even more crystal clear the truth of the verse. I knew it was a true verse, but I guess that I was just not paying it much attention in my life application until I got to see the difference between what work was two months ago compared to what it is now. Somehow my whole view and attitude are different, and I believe it attributable to the fact I now only serve one boss, have a focus on only one task.
I think this is the point Jesus was making. When we do something, we cannot be double minded, or divided in our attention. I always knew this in a spiritual sense, but now have lived it in a down to earth physical sense as well. I was serving two masters, two bosses, and my loyalties divided, my attention divided, my interests divided. As a result, I was probably unable to give either one my best.
God wants us to be single minded towards Him too. Just as with the divided jobs I had, if our hearts are divided between serving him, and serving this physical world, we will not be giving God the undivided, unimpeded, focused attention He asks of us. Competing interests pulling in opposite directions will distract us and impede us. I hope to take the lesson learned from the way my job has changed and apply it further in my life to where it comes to serving God.
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