Split Loyalties, Divided Hearts

David Bast

READ : Matthew 6:19-24

One day a man came to Jesus with a question. “Teacher, what’s the most important commandment in the law?” Jesus replied, “Love God with all your heart; that’s the greatest commandment.”

I wish I could say that I love God with all my heart all the time, but I don’t. I love so many different things. I love God, but I also love money and the things it buys. I love God, but I also love success and importance. When our hearts are divided, our lives send out contradictory messages, like the car I once noticed with two bumper stickers. On the left side one said, “I love Jesus,” and on the right was another stating, “Capricorns are sexy.” So which is it?

Jesus makes a blanket statement about divided hearts and loyalties: “No one can serve two masters. You cannot serve both God and Money.”

Notice, this is not a request “Please don’t try to serve both God and money.” It isn’t an opinion “I think you shouldn’t try to live for both the world and God at the same time.” No, this is just a fact.

Of course, what Jesus wants is for us to serve God, and store up treasure in heaven by investing our lives and resources in his kingdom. Wherever you put your treasure is the place your heart is, and wherever your heart is, that’s where you yourself will end up!


God, help me to love you with all my heart, mind and strength. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.