Who Is Your Master? (Matthew 6:22-24)Duane Weaver, October 5, 2014
Part of the Sermon On The Mount series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
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We were encouraged to think about how much time and energy we put into building up our material possessions.
Why is it so important to take a good look how we make money and how we spend it? Is it what we measure ourselves with? What is normal to people in society and how do we compare ourselves with them?
It is a normal thing to have a house and some property and to build up our finances. But we need to check and see what our motive and attitude is. Our hearts follow our treasure.
Just like a compass points toward the North Pole, so our heart points to where our treasure is. We put effort into it.
Are we willing to give when the need arises? How much or how little do we give without giving grudgingly? Giving is the signature mark of God. God’s blessings are free gifts to us and we need to pass them on freely. We may give to people who we do not think deserve it.
Spiritual decline seems to go with our growth in material things.
How do we perceive light? With our eyes. Do we have a single eye (to be like Christ) or the evil eye (stingy; concerned about self; focused on his own money)?
The more we have seems the more we want. It is not satisfying.
We will not be able to take our money with us when we die.
John encouraged the people to give. The Bible says give-how much do we give? Do we give until it hurts?
We need to be careful and not let money be our master. As much as we think we are the master, we are not. Our master is what we say “Yes” to.
Masters give orders-servants take orders. Which one matches us personally? We are going to serve someone. If we serve God, we will make wise choices.
22The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 23But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! 24No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (KJV)