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Who Is the Boss?  Can I Talk to Your Supervisor?
We Can’t Serve 2 Masters
Intro
While on vacation we ate at some really cool places like the “Hard Rock Café.”  Devin ended up having a piece of plastic that broke off a container in his sour cream.  We mentioned it to our waiter and then the manager came over to apologize.  He took the price of the appetizers off our bill and reduced our bill by 20 %.  If you are in charge you can do things like that.  He visited with us and explained that he was willing to alter the bill because we weren’t nasty about the mistake.  I told him “you can reduce the bill because you are in charge.” 
A number of years ago there was a television series entitled “Who’s The Boss?” The show was about a man named Tony who worked for a lady named Angela. The subtle plot behind the show raised a question. The question, who is the real boss? Was it Tony? (or) Was it Angela?
So the question is really who is in charge?  Who’s the Boss?  When I was growing up there were no blurring of rules in our home – my dad was in charge.  He always said that he had the final word, “Yes Dear.” 

All kidding aside - Who is the boss? That is an important question.
• Employees need to know the answer to this question.
• Sports teams need to know the answer to this question.
• Children need to know the answer to this question.

This question is especially true in the spiritual realm. Who is the boss of your life? It should be obvious shouldn’t it?  It should be God.   This is how Jesus said it.   

Matthew 6:19-24 (NIV)
19 "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  22 "The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!  24 "No one 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 God and Money.

The specific text I want to look at is Matt. 6:24 No one 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 God and Money.

This verse is a connecting link. Jesus had been teaching about our view of money. From there He turns His focus to anxiety and worry over things (we will look at what He says about worry and anxiety next Sunday).

Let me identify a few marks of having Jesus as the Boss as the One in charge of our lives:

I.    Whoever is in charge is then will then be at the center of our lives.  Everything rotates around the One who is in charge, the Boss, the Lord Jesus Christ that is the first mark.  "You can't worship two gods at once. Loving one god, you'll end up hating the other. Adoration of one feeds contempt for the other. You can't worship God and Money both. (the Message - Matt. 6:24)
 

2.  What does seeking first mean – what do you do first – or who is first?  Let me put it this way.  What are you working for?  We might answer if we don’t work we don’t eat or we don’t have money to buy our kids clothes. 
a.  Or maybe we work to pay our bills.  My question then is what is the purpose for eating? 
b.  So we can go to work? So we can pay bills?  That is a horrible cycle to be in.  We need to realize that there is so much more for us and it has to do with Christ being in charge. 

2.   The first 3 commandments of the 10 Commandments deal who needs to be in charge of our lives.  God must come first.

Exodus 20:1-5 (NIV) 1 And God spoke all these words: 2 "I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 3 "You shall have no other gods before me. 4 "You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,

b. You cannot talk on two phones at the same time. – some of you can.

II.   The second mark is that the One who is charge affects what we think; what we think is important, and what we value. What we value is what becomes of great importance in our lives.  

III.  We are addressing the question, who’s the boss? The first 2 marks of a boss are: First, the boss is at the center of our lives. Second, the boss determines what is important in our lives - values. Next is a financial issue.  Where does the Lord fit in our finances?  Jesus teaches us that our financial decisions determine our allegiances.  What is the value we put on our treasures?  Look at verse 19-20. "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.

 

1.  Jesus once said Matthew 16:26 (NIV) 26 What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?

 

 

True Riches

A tax officer asked an old man to declare his wealth.

The Old man declared his riches like this:
A mansion in heaven
Everlasting life
Peace that passes all understanding
Joy unspeakable
Devine love that never fails
A crown of life
A faithful wife
Healthy, Happy & obedient children
Loyal friends
Songs in the night

The tax officer closed his book and said: “Truly you are a very rich man. But your wealth is not subject to taxation.”

Contributed By:
Asiri Perera

Matt. 6:24 No one 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 God and Money.


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