No man can ever serve two masters faithfully…
Luke 16: 10-14
He who is faithful in a very little [thing] is faithful also in much, and he who is dishonest and unjust in a very little [thing] is dishonest and unjust also in much. Therefore if you have not been faithful in the [case of] unrighteous mammon ([a]deceitful riches, money, possessions), who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not proved faithful in that which belongs to another [whether God or man], who will give you that which is your own [that is, [b]the true riches]? No servant is able to serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand by and be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (riches, or [c]anything in which you trust and on which you rely).
Often in this world, people try to balance themselves with incorrectly. It’s done often through business practices, and behaviors. I used to work for the cellphone company T-Mobile.
It was hard work, and emotionally draining for the one simple reason. As a customer care representative, you were torn in between two masters. Your company, T-Mobile or the Customer you represent. In dealing with the customer, you took a lashing for T-Mobile when things went wrong, and no one really calls customer care because things are ‘okay’. People would call with their problems, and we were required to get to the root of the problem. The root of the problem being emotional needs of the situation as well as the service end of the need. So you had to do take on the customer literally. You were there to gather information about the situation, the emotional side acknowledged with a quick pat statement, then move along into resolving the issue. Supposedly, this was going to help the customer. But nowadays, customers expect your time, your energy, and your abilities, and they expect the resolution to be what they want. If not, they go the superior because the ‘representative’ is just stupid, ignorant, and unwilling to help…there is where your half our of resolution is gone. This all had to be done in less then 7 minutes, just so you know. You’re expected to heal people, and make them happy/satisfied with T-Mobile in less then ten minutes. But people are not people of grace, they are people of demands. These demands were damaging, emotionally because they aimed right at you as the representative because you are T-Mobile. A person of my personality wants to fix everything. Make it all right. But it was a no win situation for me, because I knew there was little I could do to really help the people as T-Mobile itself had it’s own demands and regulations that I had to follow.
T-Mobile itself expected you to do everything you could, but they wanted you to do within their lines drawn. Customer’s had to accept what T-Mobile was offering, even though it wasn’t the solution. It was the problem. You were expected to Think Out side of the box, but stay within the lines. You had this scale of grading that was dependent on the mood of your coach, and often you would fail because your coach was nothing more than a number cruncher. The structure was set up that you had to please the Coaches and the Customers. If you failed to do either one, you were not a ‘good representative’ then you’d be written up for not succeeding to serve both masters. When odds are clashing, the chance of you successfully being able to serve two masters is improbable. Even if they shared the same exact traits, one eventually would demand more from you, and expect you to neglect the other.
This is why Jesus was so strongly against serving two masters, as the World will demand your attention, and make you give it to the World more and more and more as you serve the world. However, so does God. God demands our life, our attention, and our affections. Two entities that can have claim on you. But, you cannot serve them both. You must serve one. Either you will fall slave to the world, or you will be free in the redemption bought by Jesus. There is a choice in the matter, for all believers. This does not apply to those not saved, as they do not know of other options. They are bound to the World’s call and duty because they do not know the power of salvation. However, to the Christian, you have to make choice to serve either Jesus or the World. You cannot have both. They are in conflict with each other, just as oil is with water. The World must give way to the Lord, for the Lord reigns the World and all things in it. If you are going to succeed as your Christian walk progresses you need to keep the World in its place. Or else you’ll be torn apart by the conflict and desires of both.
Matt 6:20-24(AMP) But [a]gather and heap up and store for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust nor worm consume and destroy, and where thieves do not break through and steal; For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. The eye is the lamp of the body. So if your eye is sound, your entire body will be full of light. But if your eye is unsound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the very light in you [your [b]conscience] is darkened, how dense is that darkness! No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand by and be devoted to the one and despise and be [c]against the other. You cannot serve God and mammon ([d]deceitful riches, money, possessions, or [e]whatever is trusted in).
What do you do? You make a choice, and stick with it. Do not be caught off guard, prepare your mind and your soul daily with prayer and reading of the word. That doesn’t mean you have to be studying for hours upon hours, though if you were doing that I might question your reality connection. A simple prayer for thanksgiving, and armory in the morning when the need arises and at night. It doesn’t have to be a long drawn out prayer, it’s a simple straight to the point prayer. Reading of devotions that get you into the Word are good ways to keep up your understanding of what God desires. Or even just opening the Bible for yourself and reading passages that spark your inner Spirits interest. These are how we begin…and grow more dependent on God than on what the World says. it takes effort and practice to do so. Use all your resources, as we are Holy Ghost Filled, Baptized, Anointed, and Given the Strength through Christ Jesus our Lord. These are our resources, the Blood, the Spirit, and Father.
James 1:5-8 (New International Version)
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
Therefore, seek wisdom from God in His authority He will grant you the stability that is needed in your life. If you lose your grip on the world, and God will give you more. The More you lose your grip on the desire to serve the World, the more you will succeed in doing your call that is on your life, granted to you from the beginning of time. This is how we as Christians must think, live, breathe, and act. We are to be in the world, but NOT OF THE WORLD. This means we are not bound by the World’s call, but to the call of the Father in heaven, who’s Son gave up His Life for us that we ought to give our up to serve Him.