Life can get full!

The Covington News - - RELIGION - Dr. Wil­liam Burn­ham is pas­tor of Point of Grace Church in Cov­ing­ton. He can be reached at burn­hamw@char­ter.net.

There are so many things clam­or­ing for our at­ten­tion, de­mand­ing our time, thoughts and de­vo­tion. We can find our­selves pur­su­ing many things at the same time. Not only do we fail to catch up on any­thing, we run our­selves ragged try­ing. If we are not care­ful, we can find we are soon bet­ter suited for the cir­cus as a jug­gler than we are as Chris­tians liv­ing bal­anced lives. How do we put a stop to the mad­ness? How do we reel it all in, sort it all out, and fo­cus our at­ten­tion on one thing? Je­sus an­swers those ques­tions with a sim­ple but pro­found state­ment: “No ser­vant can serve two mas­ters. 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 both God and Money" (Lk. 16:13). As sim­ple as it is pro­found, this state­ment places the re­spon­si­bil­ity squarely on our own shoul­ders. Who or what will you re­ally serve? Be hon­est, and the an­swer may sur­prise you. First, re­mem­ber God looks at our heart, so he is not im­pressed or fooled by our words (1 Sam. 16:7). Sec­ond, we all re­ally do serve some­thing or some­one, so know­ing who or what you serve is very im­por­tant be­cause it dic­tates who you are and what you do. Third, serv­ing two mas­ters re­ally is im­pos­si­ble. Life can get full; we need to sim­plify it by de­cid­ing to­day who or what our true master is.

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