Winter 2018

32 | WINTER 2018 ON A MISSION A Divided LIFE by SKIP MOEN No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” Matthew 6:24 NASB DEVOTED – Yeshua spoke more about the practical realities of liv- ing than anything else. We try to turn his words into theological fod- der because it is so much easier to intellectualize the thoughts than it is to let them penetrate our choices for living. As Heschel remarked, “It is easier to study than to pray.” But the words resist this attempt to mar- ginalize them. They push us toward uncomfortable confrontation. And none are more confrontational than these words from Matthew. We can’t serve two masters. We can’t be devot- ed to two opposing relationships and responsibilities. If we are going to be fully human, we must be integrated, singular in purpose and pursuit, able to commit to one way and not another. This sounds so good. Of course, we want to be dedicated, true-hearted and resolute. But we often find that our lives are a mix of conflicting forc- es. The yetzer ha’ra masterfully redi- rects even our most devoted efforts,