Her name is Beth (this picture isn’t of Beth, though it could be her twin!)
Technically, she is my husband’s dog; we adopted her for Wayne’s 40th birthday.
But rest assured – Beth is my girl.
A dog can only serve one master.
It’s in their makeup.
They can be family dogs and follow instructions from others, but they will have the strongest bond with one person.
And I’m Beth’s.
We can learn a lot from dogs, one of which IS the loyalty to one master.
Jesus said in Matthew 6:24, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
Lest you think you have one of two choices — God or money — a master can take many shapes.
Jesus was saying this as a part of a discussion about material possessions on earth vs treasures in heaven.
But let’s back up to the Old Testament.
Exodus 20:3 is the first of the Ten Commandments, “You shall have no other gods before me.”
And in Deuteronomy 6:5, it says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”
Any thing or any person that detours our attention from God in our lives is a second master.
God and His will should always be first.
When you go to work, pray for God to allow you to be Christlike in what you say and do and how you conduct your business.
When you play in a community softball game, pray for Christlike sportsmanship (and that no one gets injured – even the other team!)
When you decorate or clean your home, pray God will use it and bless it to show others Christian hospitality!
In all we do, let God be a part of it through constant prayer.
He loves to be involved in our daily lives and He loves it when we come to Him, even with the smallest details!
Today, as you pray, ask God to help you focus on Him in all you do.
If you know you’ve been torn between two masters, ask Him to help you refocus on Him and His will.
Trust, as you pray, that your Heavenly Father, as the master you serve, will never lead you astray!