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. You cannot serve God and mammon.- Matthew 6:24…King James 2000 Bible.
The above Bible passage has often been used to part guilt ridden Christians with their hard earned cash. Citing that you can not serve money and God at the same time.
Through my studies of a Course in Miracles it has come to have a very different meaning for me.
The first master is that of fear. I remember almost 20 years ago when I first picked up the Course, the thing that struck me most, and has stayed with me the longest is the idea that all emotions and feelings can be boiled down to one of two things… fear or Love. Anger, hatred, stress, low self esteem, anxiety… all of them are fear based.
The second master is of course Love.
The Course states that there is either Love… or a call for Love. Everything that is fear based is simply a call for Love…. and as such should be met with Love.
With this in mind I have been trying to be mindful whenever I have a negative thought that I am in fact, trying to serve two masters. I claim to want love in my life (and therefore God), but by entertaining some form of negativity, I am serving it’s direct opposite. The mind is not capable of holding on to two opposing idea’s simultaneously.
So now when some fear based thought enters my mind, I hear another voice in my head (perhaps the voice for the holy spirit), gently reminding me, that I cannot serve both. I need to choose for Love and let go of the fear.
NB// Most Bible versions use the word money instead of Mammon… but mammon actually means “false object of worship”, usually in reference to wealth or the material world… since the Course teaches that the physical world is that of illusion and fear based, I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to use the passage in the way I have mentioned above.