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

As Aaron sank into his chair, the longing to be elsewhere rose within him. The sound of the door latching prompted his heart to race. He began to sweat and worry as his boss shuffled into view and sat across the desk. His boss didn’t look happy.

“Aaron, we need to talk. You are not starting or stopping on time. You are not working on any company projects on company time. Most of your correspondence is with outside people who have nothing to do with our goals or services.”

“I don’t get it!” Aaron interjected. “How can you possibly be upset with me? I’m doing everything I can to please the financial service across the street!”

If something akin to our fictional scenario happened in real life, then his boss would be well within his rights to terminate Aaron’s employment and send him on his way. After all, if it was so important for Aaron to work elsewhere, then he might as well work elsewhere.

To draw a parallel between Aaron’s situation and our own Christian life, how many Christians are happy to take the blessings, guidance, and wisdom of God on Sunday and then live for themselves throughout the week?

It is impossible for any employee to serve two bosses. When the two jobs inevitably come into conflict with each other, one will win out over the other. The same is true for the Christian. If we try to serve God a few days a week and ourselves the rest, there will inevitably come a point of conflict where our own desires will win out over God. This places us in a position wherein God will chastise us and work to correct us.

The inner tension and strife born of conflicting masters will only end when you pick God’s side.  Christian, are you willing to surrender your own will and give God your all?

Devotional by Pastor C.J. Armstrong