“No man can serve two maters; 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.” Matthew 6:24
Today’s Christian daily devotional
“What’s going on with you, Melanie? You’re not acting like yourself.” I set down the nail polish I was hoping to get her approval of.
“I don’t know what to do, Jules. I just can’t live like this anymore. I’m miserable.” She plucks a bottle of perfume from the shelf and stares numbly ahead.
“I just don’t see the point of living anymore.” Forgetting to smell it, she places the bottle back.
We wander aimlessly through the isles of beauty products. Each one claims to hold the secret key to beauty, success and happiness.
The painted on smiles of the young employees were remote and detached, just like my friend, Melanie’s. No amount of make-up could hide her transparent misery.
I scan the brightly lit store. Pop music was bellowing loudly through the speakers, gave the illusion that there was a party going on inside. The music wasn’t doing a very good job as the shoppers almost looked like the walking dead.
“Let’s get out of here.” I motion for the door, and we make our escape. A lounge chair that is conveniently nestled just outside the boutique seems to be waiting for our arrival.
Melanie drops her shopping bags as if they are holding the weight of her world in them.
“I want to stop dancing. I’ve got to stop. Stripping is killing me.” Her eyes are hauntingly desperate. I feel as if I am looking at a reflection of myself just three short years ago.
“I know where you are coming from, Melanie. But this…” I tap her Neiman Markus bag lightly with my heel. “Isn’t helping things.”
Stiffening her posture, her expression turns from forlorn and desperate to icy and hard.
“I didn’t come to see you so I would feel worse than I already do.” She bristles while moving her precious purchases closer to her body.
In Matthew 6:24 the Bible clearly states that no person can serve two masters. Interestingly, the Bible also happens to mention God and money in the same sentence. If God thought it was important to consider, perhaps we should be giving our love for money or the status it brings some serious looking into.
Some people believe that worshiping another god means bowing to an actual idol. But, it is important to keep in mind that the Almighty God of the universe is a God of hearts. He sees what we worship in our hearts. He knows where He lies in the importance of our everyday existence.
What God is ruling your heart, choices and life today? God actually wants to rule in that place. Will you give it to Him?
“Dear Heavenly Father,
I’m done. I am spent. I have searched high and low for satisfaction and I keep coming way short.
The sad part is, I am getting older and I don’t feel like I am any wiser through my struggles. I am in the same position I was ten years ago.
I give up. What can you do with a mess like me? I know I must let go of some of the things that I have relied on for my comfort. Help me to let them go.
I turn my face towards you. Show me what I have placed as an idol in my life before you. Give me the strength to turn away from serving any other thing but you, Lord.
In Jesus’ precious name, lift me out of this mess I put myself in and give me the wisdom to stay out of it. Amen.”
Thank you for reading today’s Christian daily devotional on verses: Matthew 6:24
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Author: Julia Shalom Jordan