Mat 6:24 No man can serve two masters: 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.
Brother Jim’s Understanding:
1) Nobody, not one single man or one single woman, has ability to bind himself or be bound as a servant or slave to two supreme masters or authorities: for either you will greatly dislike, detest, and abhor the one and you will love and enjoy serving the other; or else you will adhere to the one and disregard with contempt the other. You absolutely cannot (are not able to) serve and be led by GOD, and serve and be led by a covetous and insatiable greedy lust for wealth and its power at the same time.
2) It is not possible for any man or any woman, not even one man or woman, to serve or be a servant to two masters: for either you will greatly desire to ignore the one while greatly desiring to serve the other; or you will strive to closely stick to the one while striving to escape the other. It is absolutely impossible to be a committed servant and worshiper of GOD and to also serve with commitment, worship, and idolize wealth and its power.
Our LORD Jesus Christ is making a definite point here. It is absolutely impossible for any man or any woman to be a committed slave to two different supreme ruling masters at the same time.
It is absolutely impossible to be a fully committed slave to two supreme masters at the same time. It does not matter which two you choose, you can only be a committed slave to one supreme master at a time. No matter what you call your supreme master or what you identify as your supreme master, if it is not Almighty GOD, ultimately your supreme master is Satan who is the god of this world.
Often we desire to seek out GOD with all our heart, but we then draw back because we are afraid we might have to give up certain things that we enjoy of this world. We say we are seeking the Kingdom of GOD and His Righteousness, yet we never quite seem to realize the results, the fruit, of the Kingdom of GOD and His Righteousness in our lives. Is it because we are torn between two masters? Have we had a problem truly committing to One Master? Are we spending our lives in a futile attempt at a balancing act to commit just enough to Almighty GOD to soothe our conscience, without fully committing to His Holy Kingdom?
The Apostle James had something to say about this war within us; desiring to serve Almighty GOD and His Kingdom, but not being fully committed.
Jas 4:1-10 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? 2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. 3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. 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. 5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? 6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
Please, dear reader, meditate upon the above Scripture and see how it applies to your life and your internal struggle to be fully committed to either one kingdom or the other, to One Master or the other master.
What is the result of attempting to serve two masters, wavering between the two?
Jas 1:6b-8 For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
When we do not make up our minds and fully commit to One Master or the other master, we are wavering like a wave of the sea being driven with the wind and tossed about. We are being double minded (existing in double mindedness) and therefore we are unstable in all our ways. How then can we expect to receive anything from the LORD our GOD? How then can we expect our lives to make sense and continue and progress in a reasonable manner? If we do not choose and commit with a final quality decision, and permanent maintenance of that decision, we will NEVER have a stable life. The mountains in our lives will never be brought down, and the deep valleys will never be raised up. We will NEVER have a straight path upon which to walk. We will always be torn within.
What happened to Lot’s wife, who was so torn over escaping judgment to freedom and keeping the life she had that she just had to look back upon the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah?
Luk 17:32-33 Remember Lot’s wife. 33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.
Gen 19:26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
Lot’s wife looked back upon Sodom and Gomorrah strongly desiring the old life she had, and became a pillar of salt. Notice that Holy Scripture does not record that GOD turned her into a pillar of salt? She became a pillar of salt. Lot’s wife did not fully commit to flee to safety and freedom as she was instructed by the WORD of GOD delivered to her by the angels of GOD. Instead, she so pondered in her heart while she was fleeing her old life, in a city so overrun with evil and perversion that GOD finally had to judge it in His Righteousness, instead of pondering the freedom from such evil that GOD was delivering her to that her desire for her old life caused her to turn back and intently look back with desire and pleasure for the life she was fleeing from. Her heart wanted her old life, not the freedom GOD had set before her. Thus, she became a pillar of salt. She could neither flee to the safety and life GOD had for her, nor could she go back to the life she still loved. It was her decision that turned her into a pillar of salt, forever fixed between an old life surrounded by sin, evil, and perversion, and the new life free from those surroundings, free to live a life dedicated to Almighty GOD. She chose her old life and the fruit of that life.
How long shall we remain caught between two kingdoms by our desire for certain things from a lesser kingdom, while desiring other things from the Greater Kingdom? Have we begun disliking, detesting, and abhorring one of the two masters yet? Do we love one of the masters yet? Or, do we switch which master we love based upon the things we desire to have or keep in our lives at the moment; going back and forth between which master we desire to stick to and which master we desire to ignore?
It is NOT possible to serve two masters. We must each, individually, make the decision for our self. Each of us, individually, is responsible for our own choice. Refusing to make the choice leaves us like Lot’s wife, stuck forever between two kingdoms; never to arrive in the true freedom of the Kingdom of GOD.
Note: All Scripture is given in the King James Version, 1769. Bold emphasis is added.