The Myth of Freedom
We may think we are free — and on some level we are — but each of us is ultimately mastered by something.
“Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord But you’re gonna have to serve somebody”
(Bob Dylan, Gotta Serve Somebody)
Who Owns You?
Jesus is right, we cannot have two masters. (More like marriage or country — not simply working two jobs)
Beyond Branding — Bearing the Marks
Outward “branding” is not enough to determine who our master is. We can identify our true master by examining a more accurate set of marks:
Our ATM Records (Where do those twenties go?)
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Our Daily Agenda (What do you do?)
“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
Our Associates (Who do you walk with?)
“The righteous should choose his friends carefully, For the way of the wicked leads them astray.”
Our Anxiety (What keeps you up at night?)
“...casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”
(1 Peter 5:7)
What I am Not Saying
I am NOT saying we should have no expenses, appointments, friends, or concerns besides God. God knows those things are necessary. What I AM saying is that God should be our first concern.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
Choosing Your Master
Thank God we are free to choose! What will your choice be?
“Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve … But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
New King James Version (NKJV)
“No one 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.”