“No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”

Matthew [6:24]


In each moment of our lives we are confronted with, “Whom do we serve?” A constant decision of either trying to please the world and its ways, or to live the life Jesus desires for us. These two opposing forces are present in every action and thought we have. When we chose the ways of the world, we are serving ourselves and resigned to fleeting temporary successes. When we chose the path of Jesus, our roads straighten, and our gains become sustainable. Choosing the path of Jesus requires the recognition of the sovereign and loving nature of God and the importance of loving our neighbor. Our hearts desire Jesus, but we are always tempted by fame, money and worldly acceptance. In Jesus we receive no temptations, but a life that absorbs the inevitable storms that will occur. Turning to Jesus leads us down a path our heart desires. A path that leads to a purposeful life and avoids a conflicted life.

Points of Reflection

  • Whom do we serve and why?
  • What are the things of life that tempt us and draw us away from Jesus?
  • What do we want our lives to look like?

Blessings, until next time,
Bruce L. Hartman

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