Thought for the Day – 20th June

“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.

Matthew 6 : 24

Jesus world was a world of dualisms. You had the Romans and the Jews, you had the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and you had the law and grace. At various points throughout his ministry he called people out because whilst they seemed to serve one thing, they were actually serving another. So he called out the rich young ruler who served his riches more than God and he called out Pilate who was more afraid of the people than he was of acting righteously. Repeatedly he called out the Pharisees who kept the letter of the law over helping people draw near to God.

For everyone (us included) one will win over the other. On a given day it may not even be the same one. Each day though, we are given the choice of which one will win. Which master will we serve?

Whom will you serve today? Will it be God or will it be something else? Only you can decide….

Prayer: Lord you are God and I seek to serve you. Sometimes, I don’t get it right because I let other things become more important. Help me to see when that happens and to make sure I always keep you at the centre of my heart. Only you can give me the strength to do that.

Action: Look back over the last 24 hours and identify places you were pulled in different direction. Think about who won and why? Would you change it if you could?

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