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April 4, 2018, 9:13 AM

Morning Coffee

April 4, 2018

Matthew 6:24 (KJV)
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.

Are we cross eyed or are we cross eyed? What? One is positive the other negative. One is looking at two directions at once and the other is keeping our eyes on the cross. Jesus said that we can’t serve both God and mammon. Jesus is Lord of all or not Lord at all. We must examine our own life in the light of Lordship. When the goals of our life are to please God in everything, then all else becomes a means to that end; our job, our home, our private life, our influence, our leisure and our service. The cross eyed person is torn between the world and its cares and our commitment to Christ. We should be reminded that our enemy, the devil, does not have to destroy us just render us ineffective. He steals one of the most valuable things in our life, our time. We seem to always be late for something. There is always something that causes us to limit our availability to serve. Some say that balance is the solution. Jesus says balance is the problem, “you can’t serve both”. When we crown Jesus as Lord of our life, it makes Him Lord of “mammon” also. We don’t need balance, we need surrender. We need to become cross eyed! We should always stay focused on the cross.

 A person, recently married, wanted to please God in their finances, asked me this question. “Should we tithe off of the net or gross of our income?” While I understood the question I couldn’t give them a simple answer. Are we to satisfy the Law? If this is so, then 10% of the gross is right. But the right answer is neither. True lordship says that it is all His. Instead of trying to find out the least we can give, with His blessing we give back the most as He leads. 10% is the starting line, not the finish. Remember that He is Lord of all of our service, our finances, our time and our influence. Remember His promise, “…open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it”. (Mal 3:10). We are blessed.

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