Who do you serve?

Matthew 6:24

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. 

Starting this week’s blog with a bible verse that has been playing over in my mind a couple of days now. It was interesting that this verse shows up in Matthew and Luke. As if it was so important that it needed to be repeated. I know the verse mentions money but I feel like in this modern world, there are a lot of things that replace money. But the principle of the verse remains the same. You cannot serve two masters. You can’t serve God and give in to worldly things. I feel like society is riddled with false idols and people try to connect them to God to make it OK. 

When we try to multi task, studies show that you can’t give everything the same amount of effort. So while you think you are getting things done, you are not giving your best. If I am trying to have a relationship with God and balance an active social life, one of the two things will dominate my time. But both won’t be equal. I am not saying you can’t do both but you need to be aware of your priorities. Time is limited and we need to spend it wisely. If I have twenty minutes to spare, I could either pray or scroll through Facebook but I cannot do both. If I constantly choose to scroll through Facebook that will impact my relationship with God negatively. 

I have mentioned before that discipline is necessary. This blog should have and could have been posted since Tuesday but I kept procrastinating and focusing on other things from my to do list. Those things needed to get done but because I put them first, something else didn’t get done. I have been trying to avoid calling myself a Christian as I feel as if the title is heavy. There are so many misconceptions and I also don’t want the responsibility that comes with it. But this journey has taught me about grace. I am a Christian and I am human. Obeying God is not always as easy as 1,2,3. God knows this and He isn’t asking us to be perfect. He is asking us to show up and try. 

Our lives are a series of choices and we are in control. If there is something happening in our lives that we do not like, we can change things by making better choices. We can choose to be disciplined and stick to our priorities. Go with an open and willing heart. God knew we were imperfect yet He died for us. Instead of beating ourselves up when we fall, we should turn to God and ask Him for His forgiveness and grace. We can change and we can always change for the better. 

Do not attempt to serve two Gods because we know how that ends. Seek Him first daily and stand strong in faith knowing that He is a way maker, miracle worker, promise keeper, and a light in the darkness. 

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