Who Is the Boss? Can I Talk to Your Supervisor?
We Can’t Serve 2 Masters
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).
- The key to our financial issues and the key to overcoming worry is finding the right boss. The boss is the Lord Jesus. Jesus created us for only one boss. We will never be happy unless we are committed to His Lordship.
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)
- It is simple our lives will revolve around the One who is in charge - it might be a boss or a supervisor; a teacher or coach; or our parents, etc. They determine things like how much money we make, they determine the amount of free time we have; they determine what time we arrive at work and what time we leave. Parents determine who we can go out with, when we have to be home, how much time we can be on the phone, etc.
- We need to put this into the larger context of our lives – to whole being including the spiritual. Jesus is either the Master / Lord of our lives or He is not. He desires that our lives revolve around Him. We are created to be God centered persons. Jesus said “No one can serve two masters.”
1. In Mt. 6:33 Jesus said “Seek first the kingdom of God.” What does that mean to you?
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,
- Because our lives revolve around the One who is in charge that means that every area of our lives are affected by the One who is in charge, the Boss. This is why Jesus followed His discussion about the master with a discussion about worry. If money is the boss of our lives then the natural consequence is to worry about money. If a sport is the boss of our life then it is natural to worry about that sport. If food is the boss of our life then it is natural to be obsessed with food.
- It amazed me how much press was given to the fact that we might not have pro football.
- Would that be the end of the world? No it wouldn’t and I am one that likes to watch football but it is not my boss or my god.
- There can be only One. There may be two or three things competing for your attention. Sooner or later one of these will win out.
- Does this mean that if Jesus is number One in your life that you dump everything else? No, it means you put God before everything else.
- In other words, if you are an athlete you are a Christian athlete.
- If you are a business man or woman you are a Christian business person.
- You cannot divide your life. Some people want to be a Christian on Sunday and live another way during the week. Jesus expects you to be a follower every hour of every day. There can be only one boss and the Boss is in charge 24 / 7.
a. You cannot drive two cars at the same time.
b. You cannot talk on two phones at the same time. – some of you can.
- Likewise, you cannot serve two gods – everything revolves around the Lord / the Boss.
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.
- For instance WVU football is really important here and a lot of people put a great deal of value on WVU. Every now and then we find a parking place that reads WVU fan parking. Our values will be reflected through our priorities. Notice what Jesus said in verse 20. “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal.” Example: Let’s suppose you have chosen a life value of honoring God with your time. In your heart you are convinced that you should gather with believers to pray, study and worship. Over the course of time you begin to run short on time. You have to decide between playing golf and attending worship with God’s people.
- Our values/what we determine to be important in our lives affect priorities but they also affect passion. Notice what Jesus said in verse 21. “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” For what are you passionate? Are you passionate about sports? Are you passionate about your job? Are you passionate about your family? These things are not bad! What I am trying to do is to get you to compare your priorities. Is God on the radar screen?
Illustration: I am not sure that recognize the name or not. Bill McCartney retired as the head coach of the Colorado football team (1982-1994) a number of years ago. His reason for retirement was not because he was unsuccessful as a coach. His team had won a national championship and had been in the top 10 many times. McCartney said that he was retiring because he wanted to reevaluate his priorities. He said, “I’m leaving coaching, and I’m going to take a whole year to re-evaluate my priorities. He wanted to take a look at whether God was first? Is my family second? Is my work third?” And when that year was over, Bill McCartney had dedicated his life & talents to Christ, & threw his efforts into founding the great men’s renewal gatherings that we know today as “Promise Keepers.”
(Contributed to Sermon Central by MELVIN NEWLAND)
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.
- Depending where we invest our finances it is either going to erode or it will have an eternal effect. Jesus refers to moth and rust destroying. The things you and I invest our lives into are going to multiply or erode into nothingness. What kind of investment are we making?
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?
- Things are just that; they are things. Things erode. Things do last forever. What kind of investment are we making? I would like to look around the sanctuary and see what Jesus was seeing. He invested in us – He gave His life so that we might have the treasures of heaven.
- This raises some important questions. What am I doing to prepare for eternity? Have I accepted His offer to follow Him – to have Him as Master / Lord?
- Then what am I doing to contribute to eternity? How do you increase your and those around you eternal bank account. Are we helping other to make an initial deposit into their eternal bank account?
• Walk by faith in Jesus Christ.
• Serve the Lord Jesus.
• Share Jesus with others.
• Support His work. – those will make deposits into our heavenly account.
A tax officer asked an old man to declare his wealth.
The Old man declared his riches like this:
A mansion in heaven
Peace that passes all understanding
Devine love that never fails
A crown of life
A faithful wife
Healthy, Happy & obedient children
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.”
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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