Faithfulness implies all or nothing. You can not be a little bit faithful. You are either faithful or not. Imagine a husband telling his wife, I’ve only been a little unfaithful to you. Such a statement is ridiculous. Our relationship with God is grounded on faithfulness. He is always faithful, and He calls us to be faithful to Him. In fact, the first two of the Ten Commands are rooted in faithfulness to God.
Jesus continued to teach the need of total devotion to God during his ministry.
“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. – Matthew 6:24
This teaching from Jesus is simple and yet profound. It is true in every circumstance of life. It is impossible to take orders from two people at the same time, without giving preference to one. Hence Jesus did not say it was hard to serve two masters. He said it was impossible. That is why Jesus put it plainly that you had better make your choice on which master you were going to serve. He wants us to be clear that we can never be wholly devoted to both. If we try to serve God and someone or something else, we will always have conflicting priorities and conflicting loyalties.
In the book of Daniel, the other jealous leaders tricked the king into making a law where by Daniel was not allowed to pray to God for thirty days. Doing so would result in being thrown into the lion’s Den. Daniel had a decision to make, to serve the king or God. Daniel did not hesitate for a second. There was no questioning from him because God had never failed him, and Daniel was not going to forsake God. Daniel was uncompromising in his faithfulness. He was willing to serve God even if it cost him his life.
There are all kinds of masters we allow into our lives. Here are a couple of pointers to help you identify which you are actually serving:
- Who or what takes the biggest chunk of your time?
- Who or what do you think about most of the time?
- Who or what influences the day to day decisions you make?
- Who or what takes priority in your finances?
Think and reflect on the above questions. The answers will give you an accurate answer to the question of whom you are serving. Are you serving God or something else?
Father, thank you for your faithfulness that never fails. Help me to be faithful to you in all that I do. Help me to identify any other masters I allow into my life, that I may give you the place you deserve. Please help me to seek your kingdom first and to serve you above everything and everyone else. In Jesus’ name, Amen.