Day #60: Two Masters

No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things, and they ridiculed him.

Luke 16:13-14, ESV


Of all the truths that Jesus uttered, this is probably one of the hardest for men to accept. We live in a physical world that demands our attention. After all, we have to eat and have a place to stay. Since  these things take money, we have to work, and we have to give serious thought to money.


But note that Jesus is not denying our need for money, or even the fact that it will take hard work and large amounts of time to get it. He is simply saying that we cannot serve God and money, for a man can only have one master. It is not until we understand that God alone is our Master, and that all other things, including money, are merely tools that we use to serve Him, that we can actually live in the way that God wants us to live.


When the Pharisees heard this, they ridiculed Jesus. Do we?


The reading for today is Luke 16. It contains a perspective that we have to have in order to live for the only Master that we can have.