“No servant 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.” Luke 16:13 NKJV.
According to Google, the first definition of master that comes up is as follows; a man who has people working for him, especially servants or slaves. This is a very interesting definition since it fits perfectly with the context of the above verse. To further simplify this verse, what Jesus was saying is that in a sense we are all servants (I understand you may not like that word) and that there are really only two masters God and mammon which is money. I wonder which master most people chose to serve.
In the society we live in, we have been conditioned to believe that if we do not have a job, we cannot generate income to survive. Notice that I stated job and not work, for even the bible tells us to work with our own hands, 1 Thessalonians 4:11 NKJV. The truth is that a job makes us feel like slaves doesn’t it? Regardless of how much you make at your job unless, you own the company, you still must answer to somebody there. The job tells you when you can go to lunch, when you can take time off or even if you can take time off, we are told how to behave at our jobs, certain things you can and cannot say. To put the cherry on the icing, some of us do this at least five times a week and absolutely loathe our place of employment but we do it for the money.
I hear you saying, “so Julien, how are we supposed to earn a living if we do not have jobs.” Trust me, I understand, am in this boat with you, in one of my previous blogs I encouraged you to find the gift that God placed in you to help you create wealth. I am doing the same thing in this blog, I know that some people will not venture out and will stay at their jobs and I get that as well, it’s a little scary but am not asking you to quit your job cold turkey. Start something on the side that fulfills any human need, grow it until it can replace and surpass the income from your job. When you work with your own hands, God will bless your hands and increase the fruit of your labor. Your benefit is that you get to make your own hours, set your own rules and above all, answer to only one master, the one true master, the living God through his son Jesus Christ. If we work at a job and not for ourselves, we will be inclined to serve money and the truth about that is, the money will never be enough. This will lead to the need to wanting more and some will go out and get yet another job, a part-time job or worse, do something immoral to get more money.
I am a servant of the living God, I say that humbly and with gladness in my heart and for this reason, my days are numbered at my job and I am truly excited about it. It took me a while to receive this revelation, but I am glad that I have received it whole hardheartedly. Don’t be a slave to money, serve God and he will take care of all your needs, Matthew 6:33 NKJV. These are Julien’s thoughts and what’s on his mind.