Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Two Masters

"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon." Matthew 6:24

As we celebrate the season of Advent, Christmas Eve & Day and then New Year’s, etc. this one truth keeps coming in front of me, head on— You can’t serve two masters. We ought not get caught up in the stuff of the world while we call ourselves followers of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  If we read His love letter to us we will certainly see that He did not get caught up in it but participated in the things that would please His Father.  Hmm, what about me?

Every time we drive through our neighborhood leaving home or coming back our kids call out the decorations they notice on people’s houses and lawns.   Matthew noticed a strange thing to him on some of the lawns and just had to proclaim, “What?! How can they have a manger scene and a Santa on the same lawn?? … You can’t serve two masters.” 

So true, I thought.  Am I serving two masters, getting caught up in this whole hustle and bustle of Christmas fever?

The radio announcer told us about their feature story on their web page about giving the gift of Presence in our Presents.  Making sure you are choosing the right gifts for your kids that will not take all their attention away from spending time with family.  Right on, preach it! 

Lord, above all may we reflect Your love during this season.  May we invite others to know You not just as the gleaming baby between Mary and Joseph but the One who resides in us and with us.  Please help us to read to our kids about the one and only wonderful You.  In Jesus name, Amen.

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