No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. (Matthew 6:24 NASB)
You are probably thinking to yourself by now – move on to the next verse already. Yeah – me too. But I am stuck on one more thing here.
There is a link that Jesus draws here between service and love, and it has been getting under my skin for the last week or so.
Clearly God’s intention is for us to love people, neighbors anyway but what about stuff? Are we allowed to love stuff?
- Pizza pops into mind.
- A good night sleep
- A comfy chair
- A brisk walk
- A vacation
- Spreadsheets (I can be a bit of a geek at times)
- My lap full of Mac
- A good MLT (mutton lettuce and tomato for those of you who don’t love
- The Princess Bride)
Saturday morning I was talking with Larry (my dear friend and frequent Saturday breakfast buddy) about this and he pointed out that I am probably not loving my pizza with agapaō. This made me happy.
So what is the difference?
Agapaō is an active love – love that expends itself for the good of it’s object.
My love for my Mac is more like a buddy – buddy kind of love – more of a Philly kind of love. (referring to that brotherly love – phileo) We like to pal around together, but I don’t look to it as my master.
Stuff can become your master, and so become an idol. When you start organizing your life around it – working your schedule around your stuff – putting people off for your stuff – then perhaps you have a stuff problem.
I have a simple one question quiz that will help.
What/Who comes first in your life?
If your answer was Jesus – no worries. If your answer was anything else – I have a simple solution.
Make Jesus first.
There – that was easy.
Thanks for coming by today.