The clauses that follow describe two distinct results of the attempt to combine the two forms of service which are really incompatible. In most cases, there will be love for the one, and a real hatred for the other. The man who loves God cannot love the evil world, and, so far as it is evil, will learn to hate it. The man who loves the world will, even in the midst of lip-homage, hate the service of God in his inmost heart.
In the King James Version of the Bible the text reads: No man can serve two masters: The World English Bible translates the passage as: Translation and Interpretation[ edit ] This famous verse continues the discussion of wealth, and makes explicit what was implied in Matthew 6: The two goals are mutually exclusive.
This famous saying also appears at Luke In Matthew, the previous verses imply it can mean placing anything above God. Leon Morris notes that the Greek: What Jesus is noting is not a legal impossibility, but a psychological one.
While the slave might at first believe he can serve both masters equally eventually he will come to prefer one over the other. One cannot be a slave to both God and money, but it does not mean that one cannot be both a slave to God and also pursue a reasonable interest in money.
This verse is not a call for the renunciation of all wealth, merely a warning against the idolization of the pursuit of money. The word mammon was a standard one for money or possessions, and in the literature of the period it is generally not a pejorative term.
Frequently Jews were called upon to honour God with their mammon, by making donations. Some other texts, such as 1 Enochdo use the pursuit of mammon as a negative contrast to the pursuit of holiness.
Traditionally it was believed that Mammon was the name of a pagan god who was synonymous with greed, but there is no evidence that a god by this name was ever worshipped and it is uncertain how this word entered the lexicon. Despite this the word is still frequently left untranslated as though it were a personal name.
Matthew is the twenty-fourth verse of the sixth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament and is part of the Sermon on the Mount.. Text. In the King James Version of the Bible the text reads. No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You may serve the Lord as a godly parent, as a factory worker who shares the gospel with coworkers, or as a friend who takes time to listen to the hurting. No restriction exists on what God can do through the life of a willing helper. Note that Group B, those who serve God, are called righteous, whereas Group A are called wicked (). That is not to say that serving God earns the label of “righteous.” We can do nothing to commend ourselves to God.
The character of Mammon also appears in the works of Milton.Service to Man is Service to God. The purpose of God is to create and sustain.
Thus those who sustain human beings, those who are in the service of man are really in the service of God. It is often said that worship of God can be done through service of mankind.
Many great men laid their lives to serve man. They actually served god. Are You Serving God Or Man? Matthew – For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.
You may serve the Lord as a godly parent, as a factory worker who shares the gospel with coworkers, or as a friend who takes time to listen to the hurting.
No restriction exists on what God can do through the life of a willing helper. That God is the kind of God who cannot be served, but loves to serve.
His message to the world - the Christian gospel - is not a "help-wanted" sign, but a "help available" sign.
He is not served as though he needed anything, but he gives to all people life and breath and everything. This message of 'Serve man Serve God' which he gave boldly inspired many men and women. The freedom movement itself owes its inspiration and momentum to this great soul.
He revitalized India, she started surging ahead. No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to one, and despise the other.
Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Webster's Bible Translation No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.