Edited out of Mat 6 master document and preached‚ November 28, 1993, AM
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Two Masters

Matthew 6:24-34

Even though this section is very closely tied with the previous, we will deal with it separately. This section encourages God's people to be more concerned about their heavenly treasure than they are about their earthly treasure. This is probably one of the best passages of Scripture against worry.

Heb 4:12 For the word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of the soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

The Lord Jesus Christ, the incarnate Word of God, as He walked here on this earth, divided asunder, viz., He separated between the real and the unreal:

He separated between the true Christian and the hypocrite who serves God for the praise of man or for money.

He separated between the true, heavenly treasure and the earthly treasure that will pass away with time.

He separated between the true, heavenly wisdom and the worldly wisdom. We know the truth by where is located the love of our heart.

In v. 24, the Lord Jesus places His finger squarely on the sin of covetousness, warning against the sin and encouraging His people to turn from it.

The Lord gave several reasons for laying up treasures in heaven rather than laying up treasures on earth. As we pointed out at the beginning of this section, the Lord is primarily talking about money, v. 24. The Geneva Bible uses the word riches instead of mammon with the comment, "This word is a syrian word, and signifieth all things that belong to money."

Let me give 6 points from this verse:

1) No man can obey two masters. The word master here denotes the one who has the power to tell us what to do. In other words, who has the final authority over us? the state? our own desires? our jobs? money?

The Lord Jesus makes a contrast here between two masters: one will be loved and the other hated.

As we have said so many times, the Word of God does not define love or hate in terms of emotion. Rather, it equates love with action: love for God is obedience and hate is disobedience. Someone or something will be our master, but there cannot be two masters.

Joh 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

This can be turned around and the spirit of the word of God retained: If a man hate me, he will not keep my words.

Illustration:

I worked for a land developer on the north side of Indianapolis on 116th St. That is presently the extremely high rent district on the East side of Carmal. I operated a dozer. The owner himself of the development and the equipment stayed on the job, but he had a superintendent who knew what he was doing. The owner did not know a thing about dirt work. The owner would come tell us one thing and then the superintendent would show up and demand to know why we were doing it.

Obviously, there was a conflict between those in authority. One would tell us to do one thing and the other would tell us something else. Both were claiming to have the authority to control our actions, and it made for a very confusing situation.

Our Lord tells us that this is similar to what happens when a person tries to serve both God and mammon. James says it this way: A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

THE STATE AS MASTER

America has been a bright spot in history. Throughout history, the state has claimed to be the lord and master of all men. For 200 years, these united States have been a break in that history. But America has turned its back on the freedom it once enjoyed and is now rushing back into the trap that has held mankind for thousands of years, viz., the state as god.

Right now in our period of history, once again the state is claiming to be the lord and master of every man; those who will not submit to its claim of being the lord and master of every person face the full wrath of the ungodly state. The NAFTA agreement, the crime bill and Hillary's health care scam will only increase the power of the state to make its demands upon every man, woman and child.

I very regularly hear the cry that we cannot serve two masters, viz., we cannot serve God and the state; we cannot have two authorities over us.

But notice the Lord Jesus' warning here is not the state's claim to be the master of every man even though Judah was under total Roman domination. Jesus Christ, God with us, clearly and plainly placed His finger upon the problem:

The problem is not the state

The problem is not the church

The problem is not the work place

In this passage, the Lord clearly tells us THE PROBLEM WITH SOCIETY IS THE INORDINATE LOVE OF MONEY.

 

Paul warned Timothy of the same thing,

1 Tim 6:1-11.

Paul told Timothy that societies ills could not be traced to what authority ruled over the nation: the legions of Rome were not the problem.

Rather, Paul told Timothy that the root of society's ills was that money ruled over the individual. For the love of money is the root of all evil.

It is the love of money that causes people to compromise the word of God.

Illustration:

I will never forget confronting a very will known pastor at a reconstruction conference in Chicago several years ago where we had a book table. We discussed the church incorporation issue for a few minutes, and he said the I was Scripturally right in the matter. But, he said, he could not take the proper stand because he was fearful of loosing the millions of dolors worth of buildings.

It is the love of money that causes people to try to serve two masters.

2) the Lord sums up His whole teaching about money with this statement in v. 24. It is impossible to pursue the kingdom of God and worldly wealth at the same time. Both causes demand the heart of the individual.

This passage clearly tells us that our master will control our thoughts and actions. What do we meditate on? Where is most of our effort placed?

3) I'm afraid that it is our sinful nature that tries to water down the clear, plain word of God over money because the word of God is clear in this matter: Christ clearly says that a person's attitude toward the things of this world, especially money, will show their attitude toward the Lord and the cause of Christ.

Observe these points:

A) The primary object of our love will be the object of our service.

Ro 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

Jas 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

1 Jo 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things [that are] in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

B) our dependability in spiritual matters is shown in our dependability in money matters,

Lu 16:11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true [riches]?

C) One of the major sins which led to God's judgment against His people was their attempt to serve two masters: (p 1054)

Zep 1:5 And them that worship the host of heaven upon the housetops; and them that worship [and] that swear by the LORD, and that swear by Malcham;

D) when a person places more value on the pursuit of money than on the pursuit of the cause of Christ and the things of God, they have erred from the faith,

1 Ti 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

I don't know how many people and families I have seen destroyed because they desired more money: they were not content with what they had.

5) We either serve God as we should, or we are serving the gods of this world. When our desires revolve around the things of this world, obviously our heart is not on the Lord, and we are in sin.

6) Mat 6:24, the Lord clearly exposes some modern day heresies:

A) our modern day "prosperity gospel" that says the God desires all of His children to prosper in worldly goods and wealth is contrary to the word's of our Lord.

B) Mat 6:24, is very similar to Paul's words in 1 Tim 6. Chiefly, Mat 6addresses Christians in general; whereas, 1 Tim 6 primarily addresses Christian leaders and teachers.

Might we heed the Lord's warning and not get caught in the "Two Master" trap. It will not work.

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