SERVING THAT OTHER MASTER

We are told in Luke 16:13 (NIV) “No servant can serve two masters. 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 both God and Money.”

 

This says two things very clearly; that it is not possible to serve both God and money and also that money is a master.

 

Though Christians do not put money first we still must handle money. It is not possible to exist in this world without money. I believe that it is the power of Satan.

 

The whole world serves money and many of the problems that we face are the result of those who have money using it to attempt to gain even more.

 

The rich control the government, because those who do so can manipulate the laws for their own gain. When I was a young man organized crime ran the numbers game and it was illegal. The government opposed it and tried to stop it. Now it is legal and the government protects it! So what has changed the numbers game, those who run it, or only the name of it? Do you think organized crime saw that if they were the government that they could do as they pleased and use law enforcement to enable and protect what they want to do?

 

Just as a side bar, when the lottery was being voted on in my state I thought it was the citizen’s right to gamble if that is what they wanted to do. I understand a bit better now.

I realized a drop in my business the very day the lottery began. I was basically in the entertainment business. At the end of the week my customers would have a few bucks to spend on something that they really did not need, so they spent it at my business and though they didn’t need what I sold they still got something for their money. As soon as the lottery started they threw their money away in an attempt to get rich and got nothing for it. I might add that those who worked with me also suffered a loss along with me.

 

The lottery will not pass the test of the second royal law “Do to others as you would have them do to you”. Everyone that plays the lottery must lose so that one can win. To “play” a game that demands others lose, so you can win, is not doing to others as you would have them do to you; unless you play the lottery only to lose!

 

One more thing, though I have many, do you think that a country full of people that can’t even run a bank without stealing from it could run a lottery honestly? This is not a post about the lottery. I only bring it up because it is all about money.

 

I find it funny that the lottery is called a game. It sure smells gamey to me!!!

 

The government gave our jobs to any foreign government that wants them and they are still making agreements that do so. They have managed to pass a law that will forgive $300 to $600 of the tax that they extract from us under the guise that it will save the economy. What a laugh! They will borrow the money from China to cover the programs that might be weakened because of lower income if they took the money from the budget and we will buy something made in China with the money. Whose economy is strengthened? Not only will we return the money to China by buying from them, but we will pay interest on it!

 

Those who make such deals do not have their brother’s interest in mind. They show no regard for the welfare of the common citizens of this country, or even the country itself.

 

Do you find it odd that a government, of the people, by the people, and for the people is doing more for the banks than for the people? I don’t because it is the wealth of those who run this government that is in the banks.

 

These are only a few things that demonstrate that the world serves the other master.

 

If you view money as neutral, neither good nor bad, then consider how God must view it.

First it is another master and God should be our only Master. It is said that if you want to be perfect sell what you have and then give the money away (Mat 19:21). Now I don’t know about you, but the truth is I don’t have faith enough to try to be perfect. Nor do I know anyone, other than Jesus, who has attempted to be perfect. I admit that everything that I control really belongs to God, but I have not sold it all and given it to the poor. I value the truth even when it reveals me to be less than I should be.

 

Jesus told the Pharisees that what is highly valued among men is detestable to God and it was money that he was speaking of. I might add that it was money that was the reward for betraying Jesus.

 

As we face higher fuel prices and the destruction of our economy Ecclesiastes 5:10 comes to mind (NIV) “Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless.” Those who are in the oil business are never satisfied. I might add that OPEC is an organization founded in order to fix prices. There is no free market for oil and the only organization that is big enough to oppose them is the government and because the government is controlled by the rich, they are the oil business.

 

There will be no democracy in heaven, because Jesus will be King and there will be no money, because there will be only one Master.

 

 

6 Responses to SERVING THAT OTHER MASTER

  1. croixian1 says:

    Unfortunately, serving god does not pay the bills or fill my gas tank. Cash is King, its just the way our human culture is. It does not matter how good of a person you are, you are nothing without money. You will live on the streets.

  2. astudent says:

    Hey croixian1,
    It might surprise you, but I agree with some of what you said. Cash is the king of this world and this human culture.

    Even the Bible agrees with you (Eccl 10:19 NIV) A feast is made for laughter, and wine makes life merry, but money is the answer for everything.

    However serving God can pay your bills and fill your tank, but it will not make you rich. Why would God give anyone too much of the other master.

    Someone might be considered nothing in this world without money and that would be important if this world is all there is. You see it really isn’t the person that is worthless; it is only the money that has value in this world. Take Ted Turner’s money away from him and most people would consider him worthless, even though he is made in the image of God.

    It does matter to God just how good of a person someone is, though it might not matter to men.

    If you will consider the most important question any man can consider (Is there really a God and if there is what does He want of us?) then you might understand that this world is a test and money is only part of it.

    Just as an after thought bills are hard to pay when one buys too much of the things of this world and a full gas tank, with someone else thinking you are something, is a poor trade for eternal bliss.

    I learned very quickly that what others think about me is less than worthless. It is usually based on how much they think they can get from me: whether it be money or strokes.

  3. Tony says:

    “As soon as the lottery started they threw their money away in an attempt to get rich and got nothing for it.”

    Not everyone did! Someone won the money…

  4. astudent says:

    Tony
    Not a one of my customers won the lottery. As a matter of fact more than 99% of all of the people that play the lottery lose.

  5. sarafina says:

    Hi astudent,
    Do you think that it’s possible for God to use his children to hold a position in the government? If we look at the scripture, majority of the ancient times characters were leaders and held strong positions! E.g. Esther, King David, Moses, Abraham (Father of nations), Joseph and etc. In the case of Joseph, God used him to provide for his family for the future famine. If God is the same God, could he do the same today? going back to what you said about “…it is not possible to serve both God and money and also that money is a master.”, do you think it’s possible to control money? I know some people who don’t know God but are not controlled by it!
    Thanks

  6. astudent says:

    sarafina,

    Good question! The characters in the Old Testament were examples to us. Therefore, God might have placed them in leadership roles to better illustrate what He was saying to us. That is just a thought though, and not well thought out.

    I would not want to say that it is not possible to be a Christian and also hold a position in the government. Romans chapter 13 says that God appoints all of the authorities and they are His servants. However, they are agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. That is not a job that I want.

    Psalms 146:3 Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save.

    That is what we do when we vote someone into office. We trust them to be our servant and then put them in a position where they are our master! How is that working for us?

    God is the same and God can do anything, but the real question is would He?

    I think that though God is appointing the authorities, He is allowing us to choose them. Can we claim that God appoints the authorities and then say that we must vote for the candidate that “we” believe should be elected? Is that being double minded? Who really is appointing authorities man or God?

    I do not want a mere man to rule over me, so applying the second royal law to myself, (Do to others as you would have them do to you) I do not want to rule over others. Therefore, I do not want to hold a position in the government.

    Everyone has to use money in this world. Whether they are Christians or not. I have thought about trying to live without money and my conclusion is that it is not possible in this age.

    I suppose the basic question is which do I put my faith in. If a person does not know God then their faith would have to be in money. If they are not very greedy then it might seem as if money has little control over them, but everyone places their faith in something and money does have power.

    Want something and the first thing that comes to mind is how much does it cost. Not whether or not it can, or should be had, because it is assumed that if one has the money they can buy anything.

    The wise Christian would ask God and wait to see if He wants you to have it. Usually He doesn’t, because He knows it would not be good for you. We do not see ourselves as children, but we are, and we act just like children.

    The Bible says that believers will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all. Money is a deadly poison and it originated with Satan (snake).

    At the risk of this comment becoming to long, you have raised a great question in my mind.

    Were those in the Old Testament held to a different standard?

    Jesus said in John 13:34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

    If it was a new command then it seems to me that those who came before Jesus would not be required to obey it. I am quite sure that it would please God if they did as Jesus commanded, but I do not believe that God would punish anyone for not obeying a command that was not given to them.

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