From the Pastor’s Desk

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

“Whom do you serve?”

A while back, I watched a movie in which one character asked another, “What master do you serve?” The other’s response was, “What master do I serve? What am I supposed to say, Jesus?”

In the movie, it is obvious that the first character was not talking about religion at all, so this was a comical line. The question itself was also strange because it is language not used by most people today. The second character recognized the strangeness of the question, prompting a joke and a chuckle from the audience.

Asking someone who their master is sounds foreign to us. Even changing the question to be “Whom do you serve?: still sounds odd. To our ears, those words connect with pictures like slavery and oppression.

“Serve? I don’t serve anyone,” someone might say. “I am my own person and I make my own choices.”

Yet if we are honest with ourselves, we all serve something. Serving something doesn’t necessarily mean we actually bow down to it, but the things we serve generally hold several characteristics:

1. They occupy our thoughts
2. They occupy our time
3. They occupy our decisions

Jesus says in Luke 16:13, “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.” In this passage, he is talking specifically about money, but the teaching can apply to any “master” in our lives.

What/who occupies your thoughts? What/who determines how you spend your time? What/who shapes your life’s decisions? Is it money, power, influence, popularity?

Or is it the one who loves you and knows you intimately (Psalm 139)? The one who gave himself for you (John 3:16-17)?

“Whom do you serve?”

Pastor Tim Kooiman