"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."
Sometimes I think we try to live two lives… or more. Trying to put God at the center of our lives occasionally, and at other times switching something else in at the center… a person, a job, an addiction. Of course it helps our sanity to just be the one person, with one thing at our core. And God realizes that we try to split ourselves a lot, and that it is tearing us into pieces, and I think that is why he offers this verse, explaining that no matter how hard we struggle at it, we’re not going to be able to make it work. We can’t serve God and at the same time try to serve another overriding goal or agenda, or give in to Satan to any degree. God has to come first, and then things that fit in with God will come naturally (verse 33). Not because God is trying to be cruel or unfair… but just like the law of gravity… because that is the way it works. No other way... Nothing can take God’s place in our lives. Today, let’s look at our lives and see how many masters we are trying to serve. Maybe we can readjust our priorities today and keep God firmly at the center of our lives even when we would normally call in someone else. If the things that we let go are good for us, then they’ll be back in our new God-centric lives, even if they are a lesser priority. And if they aren’t good for us, then they’ll fall out of our lives. ...It’s scary, and risky emotionally, to let go of the other things that we want to hold onto that tightly. But it’s also a good way to not tear ourselves apart.