Views from the Pews: Do you know who your master is?

Dr Alex Appiah, Living Springs Church, Market Weighton
Dr Alex Appiah, Living Springs Church, Market Weighton

All life is about serving! We’re all serving one thing or another. Each one of us has a master (boss) over our lives, whether we are aware or not.

The master over your life determines what you do when you wake up in the morning from the thoughts that occupy your mind to the decisions and choices that you make.

In every master-servant relationship, the servant always does the biddings of the master in order to please him or her.

My question to you this week is “who is your master? Or who are you serving?”

Let me suggest for your consideration the many possible masters that control our lives knowingly or otherwise: money, alcohol, drugs, sex, other human beings, Satan or God Almighty.

If you’ve not figured out yet the one ruling over your life, I will suggest a simple test that will help you find out who really is the master over your life right now.

Here it is: What do you think about first when you wake up in the morning?

Whatever or whosoever occupies first your thoughts in mornings is your master.

The fact is “Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also.” (Matthew 6:21). This entity actually determines what and how you’re going to order or live out your day!

The master in your life is the driving force for the choices you’re making.

The master controls your thought patterns and actions. For example, global statistics report that 2.5 million deaths each year is directly attributed to alcohol, with the highest percentage of these deaths found amongst those who are between 15-29 years (alcohol is responsible for 1 in 10 deaths in this age group worldwide).

Alcohol as master controls the lives of many adults, who sadly have become its slaves. It drives every action of theirs and quite often in negative ways.

Another dangerous master is money! I mean the love of it.

Psychologists who study the impact of wealth and inequality on human behaviour have found that money can powerfully influence our thoughts and actions in ways that we’re often not aware of, no matter our economic circumstances.

They have coined the term “affluenza” defined as a “painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety, and waste, resulting from the dogged pursuit of more money” to describe the disease of love for money. Money can be very addictive!

There are many other dangerous masters that can control or rule our lives but time and space will not allow me to talk about them now.

So what is the answer to these bad masters seeking, controlling or blighting our lives?

The Bible gives us a simple factual advice: “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. You cannot serve both God and money.” - Matthew 6:24 NLT.

My encouragement to you my friend is to give your heart to Jesus and let Him fill you with the more important values of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control.

Your life will be far better under His control as your master.

Decide wisely who you want as your master. You can enjoy the best of life God has for you and your family. Thank you for the attention.

If you would like to discuss this further, I will be glad to hear your thoughts.

n Contact me on 01430 879927; Email:pastor@living-springs.org.uk or visit our Church Service this Sunday @ 10.30am at The Life Centre in Market Weighton, YO43 3AH.