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Master of the House

No one can serve two masters, for 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 God and money.  Matthew 6: 24 ESV

Photo courtesy of morguefile and whereverIam.I am the master of two beautiful, black German Shepherds. I have raised and trained them from pups, showered them with love and affection, and watched out for their best interests. I feed them what they need, not what they can wildly devour. I bathe and groom them for their health and welfare.

Mako and Maya have inside privileges at my house. Because of this, they tend to follow me everywhere. Regardless of my location, they are nearby, ready to serve and play as I command.

When I see them recline at my feet and then jump to follow as I move, I often think, What a picture of servitude. Then I wonder, Do I follow my Master with the same loyalty and devotion?

“No one can serve two masters,” proclaimed Jesus, “for 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 God and money.” Different translations use the word mammon or wealth in lieu of the word money. In essence, love of possessions can hinder your relationship with Christ.

Is it possible that most of the American Christian culture is in denial? We denounce the belief that we have an unhealthy devotion to something, yet remove it from our lives and we’re lost or crushed.

There is a surefire test that can determine the real master in your life. Examine where you spend your disposable time and income. I know this can be revealing and painful. I’ve been there.

Disposable time? Income? What is that? When your heart is aligned with God’s, He can help you discern between fruitful activity verses mind-numbing entertainment. Start with the TV and time surfing the web. More often than not, the time is present if we manage the events with a critical eye for productive usefulness.

Be brave. Take this test. It will help you analyze and reconnect with the One who desires to be the Master of your house. It’s a freewill choice that God has given us.

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Jim McNeff

Jim McNeff is the author of The Spirit behind Badge 145. He worked in military and civilian law enforcement for thirty-one years. While in the USAF, he flew as a crewmember aboard the National Emergency Airborne Command Post—a presidential support detail. Following his military service, he served for twenty-seven years with the Fountain Valley Police Department in Orange County, California, where he retired as a lieutenant. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Southwest University and graduated from the prestigious Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute as well as the IACP course, Leadership in Police Organizations. Jim is married and has three adult children and three grandchildren. You can contact him at jrmcneff@gmail.com or view his website www.badge145.com which is geared toward encouraging the law enforcement family.


  1. What an insightful and eye-opening devotion! It will impact my day.