13 “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.”
14 The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. 15 He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight. ”
I believe this truly fits with Monday’s Verse/s of the Day
32 Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Jesus begins with a simple and absolute truth, No one can serve two masters. Anyone who reads this straight forward statement can easily the truth of it, unless they are trying to serve two masters. Serving two masters will not work. Maybe at the beginning someone can seem to serve two masters, but eventually the truth of Jesus’ next statement becomes crystal clear as time, resources, and emotions eventually come into conflict – then Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. We see this in everyday life and our need to make choices, sometimes painful choices between family and job success or between a hobby one loves (cars? music? fitness?) and one’s job that is needed to support the family.
Then Jesus makes an absolute statement we know to be true in our own lives You cannot serve both God and money. That is so obviously true in our own time that we can modify it and know You cannot serve both your family and looking for fame and money. After the Pharisees sneered at what Jesus had said He continued saying You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight. Many of us know people who have chased after success with great fierceness and lost their family along the way. Some have achieved great success and not lost their families – how is that possible? It is possible if along the way one is always choosing the family over success, letting the heart make the decision. God knows our hearts. If you value anything, anything at al,l over God, He knows it. If you try to serve that which you value over God instead of God, it is detestable in God’s sight.
To be clear, God does not find it detestable if you seek to take care of your family as best you know how. But be careful. Is your desire to take care of them or to look good taking care of them. Is it love or is it pride? Chasing after money/success to the detriment of family and God is always about pride and serving the God of Me, Me, Me. We all have obligations and duties in this life, but our heart condition determines how we meet these obligations and duties. Putting God first, serving Him, is how we learn to serve in our families as well. He shows us the way.
Have a Great Day and look carefully at who and what you are serving.