Plot Twist: Week 9 - Day 5
Lord, as I apply this Scripture, help me honestly evaluate my life as to who my master is. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Read: Luke 16:13(NIV)
“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.”
This Scripture hits very close to home for me. I have always been a “connoisseur” of cars and nice clothes. When I was first out of college and starting to teach, I wanted nice clothes and cars. As a new single teacher, I found that everyone was willing to give me credit, so I was able to get nice suits and cars on credit. My first new car was a red Corvair convertible. Every year I was able to trade up to a nicer car until I bought an Oldsmobile. The nice suits I bought, and the cars were impressive to my girlfriend, later my wife. You can imagine her shock after we got married when she found out my car payment was larger our apartment rent.
Getting married changed my life’s focus in many ways, which helped me apply the lessons of this Scripture. Up until this time, my focus had been on the cars and clothes without much thought towards God. I was a $1.00 a week giver to church (most weeks) and invested the rest of my income in things. I went from doing this to tithing my income and paying off my debts and I gradually became committed to serving in the church.
Now, many years later, I would like to be able to say I have mastered and apply the lesson of this Scripture, but I haven’t. Satan has a way of dangling things in my face to tempt me as he did to Jesus after his wilderness experience. Sometimes I can emulate Jesus, stand up to temptation and walk away; other times the new toys are too tempting, and I give in. It is a constant battle to keep my focus on God and not replace him with other gods like new technology, books, and, yes, cars. Christ battled the tempter with Scripture, and I have found the battle is much easier for me when I have spent time in the Word.
The Life Application Bible has a good litmus test to know what has become your master. “Money can easily take God’s place in your life. It can become your master. How can you tell if you are a slave to money? Ask yourself: Do I think and worry about it frequently? Do I give up doing what I should do or would like to do in order to make more money? Do I spend a great deal of my time caring for my possessions? Is it hard for me to give money away? Am I in debt? How much better it is to let God be your master. His servants have peace of mind and security, both now and forever.”
God, I know I have too often replaced you in my life with things. Help me to stay in your Word and keep my focus on you as my Lord and Master. Amen.