Can You Serve Two Masters?

By Mr. Self Development

Dan Hammarskjold said, “You cannot play with the animal in you without becoming wholly animal, play with falsehood without forfeiting your right to truth, play with cruelty without losing your sensitivity of mind.  He who wants to keep his garden tidy doesn’t reserve a plot for weeds.”

Proverbs asks the question, “Can a man take hot coals into his lap and not be burned?”

An Example

I was speaking with someone the other day about “working out.”  They told me they had a goal of being in excellent physical condition, while being able to eat whatever they wanted. 

Here’s what I told them.

I said that your goal of being in great physical shape, and yet being able to eat whatever you want is contradictory.  It would be similar to having a goal to stand up and sit down at the same time; one goal cancels out the other.  I said, “you can only serve one master.”  Either that master is the master of “Eating Whatever You Want,” or it’s the master of “Great Physical Condition,” but you can’t serve them both simultaneously.

Your allegiance to one will always take precedence.  One of the masters will “eventually” demand that you serve them alone, and so you must choose.

You Can’t Serve Them Both

  • You can’t serve the master of “Anger” and the master of “Peace.”
  • You can’t serve the master of “Love” and the master of “Hate.”
  • You can’t serve the master of a “Six-Pack” and the master of “Eating Whatever You Want.”
  • You can’t serve the master of “Sin” and the master or “Righteousness.”

The Masters Have Rules

The master of love says that you must be gentle and kind, it says that you must forgive.  While the master of hate says that you must hold a grudge, you must never forget, and that you must harbor the wrong done to you.

The master of “Eating Whatever You Want” says that you deserve that cheesecake.  It says that one more piece of pie won’t make a difference.  The master of a “Six-Pack” says nothing tastes as good as the “look” of a six pack.  The masters have rules; whose rules are you willing to follow.

Make the Decision

Decide which master you will serve.  You will serve love or hate, you will serve food or a six pack, you will serve godliness or a beastly nature.  You will serve “one,” so at least make a conscious choice on who you serve. 

Recognize that you can’t serve both masters; the masters won’t allow it.  Additionally, whatever master you serve will cause you to forget about the other.

In Closing

Remember that the masters of anger, hate, sin, and a beastly nature will lead you down a path of self destruction.  Stephen Covey said, “Just as junk food and lack of exercise can ruin an athlete’s condition, those things that are obscene, crude, or pornographic can breed an inner darkness that numbs our higher sensibilities and substitutes the social conscious of ‘Will I be found out?’ for the natural or divine conscious of, what is right or wrong.”   So, make the choice to follow the “good” masters!  If you do this, your life will be lived in peace, in love, and in happiness.

“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…” – The Bible

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April 21, 2010

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