Who is your master?


Have you ever noticed that Jesus’ exhortation about anxiety comes directly after His warning that “no one can serve two masters”?

No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other.  You cannot serve God and wealth.

For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on.  Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?…

For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

But seek first the kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.  (Mat 6:24-25, 32-34)

It recently hit me on the heart level that Lord and master are synonymous.  This means that if I genuinely give Jesus Lordship over my life, there will be no reason for me to have anxiety (even a little bit) over anything.  Not only that, but we have His word that He is and will be a GREAT master!  He understands that as a master, He has full responsibility over His servants.  And when we seek Him (give Him Lordship) above all else, He promises to provide everything we truly need.  But if we choose that we will be our own masters–or that a spirit of anxiety, wealth, or any other thing would be lord over us–then we put ourselves out of His protective covering and give that other master responsibility over us.