Today’s Scripture: 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. Matthew¬†6:24

Vance Havner once said, “There is no such thing as part-time loyalty to Jesus Christ.” His words are true. Still, some of us live like we want to disprove the truth. 11-year-old Ethan and 12-year-old Jason roamed the aisles of the grocery store holding their mother’s $20 bill. “What should we buy?” Ethan asked Jason.


“What do you mean? Mom told us to buy a couple bags of lettuce.”


“That’s not what I want to buy,” said Ethan with a grimace.


The boys reached the snack aisle and stopped. The shelves were overflowing with every form of cookie imaginable. The brothers took one look at the $20 bill and began grabbing everything from Oreos to Nutter Butters. Loaded down with cookies they made their way to the checkout.


Rather than respecting their mother’s wishes, Ethan and Jason decided to serve their fleshly desires. Often we as Christians tend to make the same mistake. We give people and things the respect that we should be giving God. In our Scripture passage, we read that no man can serve two masters. We must choose to please God or self.


Where does your loyalty lie? Perhaps you have been serving your flesh by listening to worldly music. Maybe you have been more focused on following the latest fashion trends than on following God. Why not make it a point to eliminate the cookies that are standing between you and your loyalty to Him? Remember, you can only serve one master.


Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder