Life offers us many masters: our appetites, fame, money, work and many more. We are all bound to serve even if its our own egos. We are also generally free, at the outset, to choose whom we will serve. It is imperative that we choose wisely. A good master will train his followers to become masters themselves while an evil master will soon make a slave of their disciples.
The Lord warns that:
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.
This is good news. It turns out we all struggle daily to decide who and what it is we’ll serve. I tend to think of this verse in the negative. If we consistently give in to those temptations that easily beset us then we’ll just get worse and worse. Yet the opposite is true too. Should we strive to serve the good master then eventually we will come to despise those temptations that currently rule over us.
In this light I think we can better understand these words of Christ:
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
John 8: 31-32.
So, here we are given a guide to know good from evil. I imagine with just a little reflection you can pinpoint the things in your life that would seek to enslave rather than enlighten you? I know I can. If we wish to become masters and not slaves we must continue in the word of Christ until we have no more desire to do “evil” and then keep on.