Thursday, January 23, 2014

2014 January 23 - Morning Manna

No man 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. (Matthew 6:24)

Today's Morsel: Have you ever found that trying to serve two isn't easy to do.  If you try to serve God and man, you will find that it's really a hard thing to do.  "No man can serve two masters," Jesus saidAnd then He proceeds to illustrate the necessity of laying up treasures in heaven from a well-known fact that a servant cannot serve two masters at the same time.  His affections and obedience would be divided, and he would fail altogether in his duty to one or the other.   One he would love, the other he would hate.  To the interests of the one he would adhere, while the interests of the other he would neglect.  This is a law of human nature.  The supreme affections can be fixed on only one object.  So Jesus says the servant of God cannot at the same time obey him and be avaricious, or seek treasures supremely on earth.  One interferes with the other, and one or the other will be and must be surrendered.  "Mammon is a Syriac word, a name given to an idol worshipped as the god of riches.  It has the same meaning as Plutus among the Greeks.  It is not known that the Jews ever formally worshipped this idol, but they used the word to denote wealth.  The meaning is that ye cannot serve the true God, and at the same time be supremely engaged in obtaining the riches of this world.  One must interfere with the other" (Barnes commentary).  Are you devoted to Jesus or is something else stealing your heart? If you love Him, then why not serve Him.

Sing: Lord I give you my heart, I give you my soul, I live for you alone, every breath that I take, every moment I'm awake, Lord, have your way in me.

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