Bulletin Back 1-19-2014


 A Note From The Pastor
 
Part 3: Continuation from a paper  written by Diana Cheek’s son, Eric who is a pastor in North Carolina.
 
You Cannot Serve Two Masters – Matthew 6:24
24"No one 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.
No one (Greek: oudeis from ou = not +dé = but + heis = one) means literally "but absolutely not one", and emphasizes not even one or not the least.
You may think you can strike a good balance. But Scripture is clear on this one. Absolutely no man has the inherent ability to be a slave to two owners at the same time in the sense that they both can be his master.
Pink comments3 that Jesus…
Refutes the common persuasion that it is possible to lay up for ourselves treasures on earth and treasure in heaven at the same time.
Our minds must be fixed supremely upon God in Christ, and the world sought only in strict subservience to Him. Our hearts must be given to the Lord, wholly or without reserve, and the eyes of our soul he fixed upon Him alone.
a man’s affections cannot be divided; if he attempts to love the things of the world as well as love God, he will certainly fail of the latter, for "the friendship of the world is enmity with God: whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world, is the enemy of God" (Jam. 4:4).
Can serve two masters
This is often misunderstood. Some read it, "No man can serve two masters." Yes he can; he can serve three or four. The way to read it is this: "No man can serve two masters." He can serve two, but they cannot both be his master.
"You cannot serve both God and Money," says Jesus. We like to think we can; we are great compromisers. Or we think we are serving God by making money. True, we can use our money to serve God. Some do, but if our hearts are set on our possessions.  Which is probably an accurate description of most of us, we are not actually serving God whatever we may suppose we are doing.
Ray Pritchard offers4 some practical thoughts on these two masters...
4 Ray Pritchard sermon: Matthew 6:19-34 The Treasure Principle
It’s not wrong to own a bicycle, even a nice one, but it’s wrong if your bicycle owns you. It’s not wrong to own a big home, a summerhouse, a motorcycle, nice clothes, fine jewelry, an expensive sound system, a fishing boat, or any of the other marks of success in modern life. None of those things is inherently evil. You can enjoy them as long as you understand that everything you have belongs to God, and the things you have are only temporarily loaned to you by the Lord. It’s not wrong to own nice things, but you are in a dangerous place when those nice things own you.
How do you know when something "owns" you?
· When you need that "thing" as a major source of happiness or fulfillment in your life.
· When you can’t imagine living without it.
· When you get angry at the thought of losing it.
· When that possession is the first thing you think about in the morning and the last thing you think about at night.
· When you find yourself thinking about it in every spare moment.
· When you find yourself bringing it up in almost every conversation.
· When you get upset if someone else touches it or comes near it.
· When you plan your schedule around it.
· When you enjoy that "thing" more than being with family and friends.
· When others warn you about your attachment to your possessions.
· When worries and concerns about your possessions crowd out the joy in your life.
 
Love Never Fails ~ Bro. Mark
 

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