No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
Jesus closes this lesson with the main point – God must be first and foremost in our lives. Our love of earthly things distracts us from loving our God “with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” (Deuteronomy 6:5). Money and the power and possessions it can bring is an idol we must not worship.
When we allow our desire for anything to become more important than our relationship with God and others, we turn our backs on the blessings we have been promised. God wants so much to love and care for us, but only if we are willing to love and obey in return. Following our own selfish ways can never give the satisfaction that an eternal connection to God provides.
Are we chasing temporary rewards at the cost of our salvation? The things of earth shall pass away, but God’s plan is forever. Let go of the things that seem attractive now to hold on to the gifts God has reserved for you.
Loving Lord, we are often slow to see the blessings You have in store for us. Help us to renounce our love of worldly riches that we may inherit the heavenly treasure prepared for us. Amen.