The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Matthew 6:22-24
What does this mean? Why would I serve God and the devil. Well first, you won't and can't. That's the point, but do we fully realize what this says. So many people read this verse and think well of course I serve God. Why would I serve the devil? Let's look at this though. Do you really serve God? You cannot serve God if you are doing the devil's work. Most do not realize they do they devil's work daily.
There are those that call themselves Christians but constantly work for the devil, and the devils just smiles. He smiles because he knows who those people are really serving and he has them fooled thinking they serve God. If you are living a life other than what Jesus has called you to live, you are really serving satan and not God. You must walk the narrow path God has laid at our feet. It doesn't matter if you are at church every Sunday and lead the youth choir. If you spent the rest of the week doing things you weren't supposed to be doing, it is all moot, null and void. You can't go to the club on Friday, find someone to "go home with", get drunk, and then still expect anyone to believe you serve the Lord. You can't practice witchcraft and serve God. Witchcraft is actual devil worship whether you believe it or not. Some say " Oh, no I just practice white magic." THERE IS NO SUCH THING! If you pray to anyone other than the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost you aren't serving God. If you are doing drugs,lying, stealing, starting fights, fornicating, committing adultery, homosexual, gossiping( causing discord among your brethren and slandering), hustling, and/or extorting then you are serving the devil, not God. IF you hate someone, are mean-spirited, or a bully then guess what?
There are more ways to serve the devil than just openly worshipping him, another false god, or no god at all. If you willingly live a life of sin, then you aren't serving the Lord. You can know that bible front to back, but if you don't follow the teachings in it you are still lost. This is why it is so important to read our bibles daily and have a prayer life. If you rely purely on church to tell you how to live, you could end up in trouble. What if you have a pastor that really serves satan and he is deceived and teaches you lies? Then you will be deceived and serve the devil too and not even know it. We cannot truly know Jesus and our Lord if we do not have a relationship with Him. This requires a combination of His word and His spirit. There are so many ways you could be serving the wrong master and not even know it, but if you have a healthy relationship with the Father then He will tell you when you stray from the path.
So many can tell you they are Christian and serve God, but if their fruit or actions speak otherwise then it's obvious they really serve the devil. That may not be their intention, but you can't serve two masters. Sin serves satan and only satan because sin means you belong to the devil come judgment day.
If you truly know Jesus, then you no longer want to sin. You are no longer of the world; you are of Him. If you are still chasing after the lusts of the flesh then you do not know Him and do not serve God. This means you do not have salvation. To have salvation you must accept Jesus as your savior, the Son of God, that was crucified for our sins, and risen, and FULLY surrender your life to Him and repent. Repent means go and sin NO MORE! Are you going to be perfect? Not really, but you will recognize a mistake, let Jesus fix it, and repent for it, and keep seeking God, a relationship with Him, and a closer walk down the narrow path. If you are thinking "I got saved. I have a free ticket now. I can do whatever I want and He will forgive me." You are in for a rude awakening when you realize you weren't serving Jesus but the devil. How do we know this?
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the world. And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby we know that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also to walk, even as he walked. 1 John 2:1-6
We have to walk the walk or we serve the devil, not God. You cannot serve two masters. If you do not serve the Lord, then you serve the devil. God bless you and may Jesus keep you. If you have not surrendered your life to Jesus please do so now. He loves you and wants you to know and love Him and walk the path He laid out for us. Surrender your all, the good and the bad. HE will take all of it. You don't have to fix anything first. Just come to Jesus and surrender your life and ask Him to fix it and He will do the rest. Please help us with a small donation to keep the work of this ministry going. God bless you and may Jesus keep you.