Serving Two Masters
No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. (Matthew 6:24, NKJV)
Having two masters is not like working two jobs. Jesus had the master and slave relationship in mind, and no slave could serve two masters.
Jesus states that serving two masters is a simple impossibility. If you think that you are successfully serving two masters, you are deceived. It can’t be done. As ancient Israel struggled with idolatry, they thought they could worship the Lord God and Baal. God constantly reminded them that to worship Baal was to forsake the Lord God. To be loyal to the one is to despise the other.
“In the natural sphere it is impossible for a slave to serve two masters, for each claims him as his property, and the slave must respond to one or other of the claims with entire devotion, either from love or from interest.” – F.F. Bruce
It can be simply said: Don’t serve your money. Let your money serve the Lord and it will serve you.
According to R.T. France, the idea of mammon itself was morally neutral. The word was used in some ancient Jewish texts that showed this, translating Proverbs 3:9 as Honor God with your mammon and Deuteronomy 6:5 as You shall love the Lord your God with…all your mammon. Therefore mammon itself represents material things we possess or want, and those things can be used for God’s kingdom and glory or as idols.
Certainly, Jesus is talking about the heart here. Many people would say they love God, but their service of money shows that in fact, they do not. How can we tell who or what we are serving? One way is by remembering this principle: you will sacrifice for your God. If you will sacrifice for the sake of money, but will not sacrifice for the sake of Jesus, don’t deceive yourself: money is your God.
We must remember that we don’t have to be rich to serve mammon (money and material things); the poor can be just as greedy and covetous as the rich can be.
Heavenly Father God, we seek to serve You with all of our lives. Guide us to avoid the snare of idolatry. We praise and thank You for all that You are. In Jesus name, Amen.