Living Within

Have you ever had two bosses at the same time? If so, how did it work out when they gave you conflicting instruction? Did you feel as though you were caught in the middle? Were you frustrated and wondering which one to obey?

Having two bosses can be very frustrating. Especially if they are continually giving us contradicting instructions, or they both want us to complete their tasks first. It can bring us to the brink of wanting to throw our hands up and give up.

We may not have two bosses in the same job. Perhaps we are working two part-time jobs or a full-time job and a part-time job. Scheduling time at both jobs can be challenging. Which one gets priority? How do we handle it when both jobs have us scheduled to work the same time?

This is the same point Jesus was making in today’s passage. Serving God and money is frustrating and contradictory. We cannot be continually stiving after the almighty dollar and serve God as He has commanded us. We will give one a higher priority over the other.

Far too often, we put the pursuit of more money ahead of serving God. When we do, we feel dissatisfied. So, we strive to make more money. As we strive harder, make a little more, we feel good momentarily. But it is short lived, and we work ever harder.

When we choose to serve God first, we are at peace. We trust God to provide for our needs. We learn we don’t need what money can buy but need the peace that goes beyond understanding. We don’t go without, we go within—within God’s will for our lives.

I pray we all see the challenge in serving two masters. I pray we choose to serve God. I pray each one of us will seek the peace that goes beyond understanding over the almighty dollar. Choose your master. Seek the peace of God. Trust God to provide. Live within God’s will.

Matthew 6:24 “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.”

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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