Matthew 6:24 – 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.
Many of us have an illusion that we can efficiently perform many tasks equally at the same time. We think we can juggle priorities to fit one more thing into our lives. In reality, we know this creates stress and often leads to failure. Even a great juggler cannot play tennis with the tennis balls he is juggling.
In contrast, young boys and girls are encouraged to keep their eye on the ball when they are playing sports or even working on homework. Why? Because focus matters. It matters in our work and our families and our worship and service to the Lord. Just think about the last time you tried to speak to someone who was distracted watching television or playing a game. You will recall how it can be annoying.
For this reason, Jesus encouraged His disciples to seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness before anything else (Matthew 6:33). Paul and the other Apostles also encouraged believers to focus on God and His Christ, saying things like “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God” (Colossians 3:1).
While we may be led to serve in many ways, we should do all as for the Lord. This is the only course pleasing to God and edifying to us. “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ” (Colossians 3:23-24). Amen.