Thursday, April 26, 2012

A fork in the road………..

“You cannot be the slave of two masters! You will like one more than the other or be more loyal to one than the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”  Matthew 6:24 CEV

In Exodus we read about the children of Israel being led to freedom by the man God Himself called to lead them.  The Jews had been praying and crying out to God to deliver them from their bondage. God heard the cry of His people and sent Moses to deliver them from slavery and lead them to the Promised Land.

On the way the Jews felt that they were in an impossible situation and wanted to return to Egypt. They wanted to return to the shackles of bondage; slaves without hope.  Instead of trusting God to deliver them to the Promised Land they wanted to turn around and go back to where they came from.

 They came to that fork in the road and they took the road less traveled.  But as they went down that road, they doubted the choice that they made. They wanted to be slaves of Egypt instead of servants of God.

 Slaves and servants are two different things.  A slave has no rights; they are property.  They cannot make any decisions for themselves, and they are subject to the whims of their master.  

A servant chooses whom he will serve.  It is the desire of the servant to please his master and his master in return loves him for it. The servant is free and he is elevated above the value of a piece of property.  He is worth something to the master.  

You see, the Jews here learned that they could not serve two masters.  They learned that they could not be a slave and a servant.   They continued on the road less traveled that they might serve a loving God who would reward them for their faithfulness.

We too have come to that same road.  It is a choice that we must make.  Do we choose to continue in a life of sin, glorifying our mammon?

It is written that “All have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God.”  All of us have sinned.

When we sin we are in bondage and we are slaves to the evils of this world.  Peter says in 2 Peter 2:19: “……..they themselves are slaves of sin and corruption.  For you are a slave to whatever controls you.” (NLT)

It is much better is it to be free and a servant of God than to be a slave of our mammon………..a slave to sin.

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