You Can’t Serve Two Masters

“One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.”

– Exodus 2:11,12

Yesterday, we remembered how Moses was born into an Egyptian regime that declared that every Hebrew baby boy should be killed, and we looked at how he was miraculously saved and adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter. Today, I want to share a few thoughts on how his upbringing might have influenced the leader of God’s people. 

When I look at the story of Moses, it’s fascinating to me that he literally grew up in two different worlds. On the one hand, he was Pharaoh’s grandson so he had the best of everything life could offer. He was rich, popular, prestigious, and enjoyed all of the finer things of the world. On the other hand, he was a Hebrew who identified with the plight of his people. His mother’s influence was likely very strong as he grew up, so he felt a strange dichotomy between the two parts of his life, especially as he watched his fellow Hebrews being enslaved and mistreated. Filled with turmoil that had been building for some time, he acted in a moment of passion and murdered an Egyptian (who worked for his grandpa) after watching him severely abuse a fellow Israelite. Though murder was not the right way to go about it, in a way, Moses picked a side and established his loyalty to God’s people in that moment. 

Friend, you cannot serve two masters. Though it’s tempting to pretend that you can live dual lives, something will ultimately force you to make a choice. In Moses’ case, reluctance to make a decision caused him to make a wrong choice that sent him running into the wilderness. Don’t do that. Choose today whether you will pursue the things of this world and enjoy their temporary delights or live in the favor of the God Who called you by name. When you walk with the Lord and follow His ways, the road you travel will be narrow, but the view is spectacular! The journey of obedience in faith, while costly, is the greatest and most exhilarating adventure you can ever have. No matter where it takes you, you are protected by God’s Hand!  


Strengthen me, Jesus, as I choose to follow you and give up the temporary pleasures of this world to walk the narrow road.


Who or what is your master?

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