“The eye is the lamp of the body. Therefore, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how terrible that darkness will be! No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be loyal to the one and have contempt for the other. You cannot serve God and wealth” (Matthew 6:22-24, Common English Bible).
The train’s engineer is headed down the tracks at the posted speed limit. He is new to this particular line but the map indicates a split in the tracks with one track moving forward in a straight line and one track moving to the right. The engineer has a choice to make. The tracks may merge together down the line but right now, he must decide to go one way or the other. If the tracks merge back together again, the two tracks obviously go to the same place with the exception of any intermediate stops. That would indicate that to take the path that goes off to the right would require more distance and therefore take up more time. But, if a train traveling in the opposite direction were also on that same track were coming, not changing tracks could create a catastrophic mess. The engineer must decide. If he doesn’t decide, the tracks will decide for him.
You are driving down the road and you come to a fork in the road. You must decide to go right or go left. To not decide is to make a decision but it might mean a decision to move into the tree dead ahead that is not on the right or left path. So, you must decide.
We encounter these fork in the road decisions in our spiritual lives too. We make them everyday. Matthew reminds us of these in our reading for today. “You cannot serve two masters. You cannot serve God and wealth.” You have to decide. You have to decide what it will be today. Then, when you rise tomorrow, you must decide again, which you will serve. We all face a fork in the road everyday. We all have to decide which path to take and to not make a decision is to make a decision that might not work out so well.
Who will you serve, God or wealth. We all want to live comfortably. But, what is more important, the money we accumulate or the people God places around us. God calls us to follow. To follow means to move past the love of money to serve and love the people God calls our neighbors. When we do that, we serve and follow God.
Which is it for you, wealth or God?
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
Joy and Peace,
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