Today’s Scripture: No servant 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. Luke 16:13

Four-year-old Emma closed her eyes as her mother tucked her in. “Do you want your light left on or turned off?” asked mother.

“Off,” replied Emma.

As her mother walked out of the room, she turned off the night light only to hear a piercing wail. “Mommy, turn it on.”

Her mother turned the night-light back on. “Is that better?”

“No, it’s too bright,” said Emma. “Can’t I just have both light and dark?”

“Honey, there is no such thing as light with darkness. It’s either one or the other. You cannot combine them. So which do you want?”

“Light, please,” said Emma as she hugged her teddy bear.

Like Emma, many people do not realize that they cannot combine “light and darkness.” The light and darkness we as Christians refer to is a spiritual light and darkness-Christ is the light and Satan is the darkness. They are as opposite as night and day. In our text, it is made perfectly clear that there is a decision to be made because we cannot serve two masters.

Do you serve the world by listening to its music and following its fads, or do you serve the Lord by following His Word? Just as Emma could not have both light and darkness, you cannot serve both God and Satan. Remember, the master you serve most is the one you will grow to resemble.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder