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…
I. No MAN CAN SERVE TWO MASTERS.
1. There are many who contrive to elude the force of this maxim, or make awful experiments to try the certainty of it.
2. Nor are these persons wanting in excuses to palliate, if not to justify their practice.
3. There are, however, four cases in which you may serve two masters, but the exceptions only render the general rule more remarkable.
(1) You may serve two masters successively.
(2) By serving one in reality and the other in pretence.
(3) You may serve two masters unequally.
(4) When they are on the same side and differ only in degree. You cannot serve God and mammon.
II. ONE OF THESE YOU WILL UNAVOIDABLY SERVE.
1. It is impossible for a man to be without some master.
2. The advocates of independence are greatest slaves.
3. The service of religion does not demand greater privations than that of sin.
III. YOU OUGHT TO SERVE GOD. Remind you —
1. Of His various and undeniable claims.
2. Of His designs in employing you in His service; our own good, not His need.
3. Make the right choice.
Parallel VersesKJV: 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.