Saturday, June 23, 2007

Who Do We Serve

Jesus said to his disciples:
“No one can serve two masters.
He will either hate one and love the other,
or be devoted to one and despise the other.
You cannot serve God and mammon.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life,
what you will eat or drink,
or about your body, what you will wear.
Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds in the sky;
they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns,
yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are not you more important than they?
Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?
Why are you anxious about clothes?
Learn from the way the wild flowers grow.
They do not work or spin.
But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor
was clothed like one of them.
If God so clothes the grass of the field,
which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow,
will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?
So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’
or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’
All these things the pagans seek.
Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.

But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given you besides.
Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself.
Sufficient for a day is its own evil.”
Matthew 6:24-34


Dear Father what need do we have of worrying when you take care of all that is in this world, whether it be good or bad. We are given something to think about. Yet we in our human nature use mammon for many things beside what is needed for life. We worry about where it will come from, if we will have enough. Our future depends on it for retirement. We are being told we cannot serve two masters. We are slaves to mammon all the while serving God. Which one is the most important in our life, God or mammon? May we serve God first and keep him first in our life, where in due course of time all that we need will be taken care of. It is with unconditional love and complete trust in God that we serve and honor him not mammon. Amen

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