“No man can serve two masters,” said Jesus.
Was he being provocative to make a point, or was he stating a simple fact.
In fact was he being quite literal – ‘you blokes can only cope with one thing or one person at a time,’ his phrase not applying to the more versatile of the sexes?
Well, I must confess I am actually a simple fellow, and easily confused – but given a simple path, I can cope with complex things.
Whether or not you have found this phrase to be the case in your experience, I think Jesus was highlighting a simple fact of reality – that we are wired to make sense, and to live uncontradictory lives. That’s why our own identity is so important, I think. To know who we are.
And that points to power of Jesus in our lives. ‘It is no longer me that’s living this life,’ said Paul, ‘it’s Jesus that is driving this one.’ We have a pure life as a gift from God, working its way out through the complexity of our being, and echoing the fact that we are his children – no matter how confused we may feel.
We have been made single-minded, that our life can reflect the oneness of God.
As the ladies from Cherish would say ‘Awesome!’ But, as Mike Smith correctly corrected that Americanism, they should be saying ‘Aweful!’