Christian apologist, Blaise Pascal, Jun 19, 1623 – Aug 19, 1662, made this observation, “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of each man which cannot be satisfied by any created thing but only by God the Creator, made know through Jesus Christ.” More than 350 years later, a lost world continues to seek the fleeting rush of personal success, of material acquisition, of speed, luxury, and excess. And sadly, more than 350 years later, many continue to attempt to fill that God-shaped vacuum with anything and everything but God.
Despite the dark influences that daily bombard our senses, stepping back from the drama and the chaos and pausing to reflect on the filling of that vacuum is more critical now than ever before. “You should know this, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!” 2 Timothy 3:1-5
The secular concept of serving two masters implies support or devotion to two different, often conflicting, responsibilities, pursuits, ideas, or people. Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other.” Matthew 6:24
Choose carefully, brothers and sisters. Resist the temptations of false teachings and hollow promises. Regardless of your circumstances, serve the Master. Love one another as He loves us. Honor Him and heed His Word, and you will want for nothing.