Words from the Heart for Friday May 7th, 2021
No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.
Luke 16:13 (NLT)
While having two official languages has posed challenges to Canada as a nation, there are positives as well. According to Alberta lawyer Myrna El Fakhry Tuttle, “Bilingualism is one of Canada’s core values of inclusiveness and diversity. Canadians have recognized that diversity is a strength that has encouraged openness toward other peoples. And because of bilingualism, Canada is a more welcoming country for immigrants and refugees from different cultures and ethnic backgrounds.”
I had a friend who worked two full-time jobs – he worked all day as a mechanic at a repair shop and worked all night at a factory. I don’t know where he got the energy. I asked him one day what the hardest part of working two fulltime jobs was and his answer surprised me. He said the most exhausting part wasn’t the long hours of work – it was keeping two bosses happy. I thought of what Jesus said in Luke 16:13: “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.” There are many followers of Jesus who are trying to keep one foot in the Kingdom of God and one foot in the world. They love Jesus, but they also love all that the world offers – the accolades, the power, the prestige. But living like this is exhausting. The principles of the Kingdom of God stand in direct opposition to the principles of the world. Being a follower of Jesus means being all-in as a disciple. If He isn’t Lord of all, He isn’t Lord at all. Are you a fully committed follower of Jesus?
These have been words from the heart.