March 14th Lenten Devotion

The Master of Light

Andrea Allan

Matthew 6:22-24

If only we had just two masters to choose between. These days it seems we have many things competing to control our life all around us. Many masters so to speak pulling on our attention, trying to get us to follow them – in the media, our phones, the internet, social media, consumerism, other people in our life, and the list goes on and on. There are so many voices telling us what to do, how to live our lives. Whether we have two competing options or a thousand, Jesus reminds us who the strongest voice in our life needs to be – the voice of God. Whether we hear God through Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, or that voice inside of us, it is not always easy to discern where the voice is coming from; is it from God, or something false pulling us away from God.

There are times when we know what the voice of the true master is calling us to, but that path feels long, difficult, and exhausting. The voice of the world can feel like an easier, happier, quicker journey, and yet in our heart we know that is not the path to light and true happiness. The voice of our true master God, will always call us toward the light, though it is not always the easy path, and yet, a life full of light is more fulfilling and joyous than a life in the shadows.

 Action:  In this season of Lent, people sometimes choose to give up something as an act of solidarity with Christ. This week, perhaps you may decide to give up one of the masters who feeds your head with false voices – social media, Netflix, the internet, or buying unnecessary stuff. Try removing this false master for even for a few days and see if the voice of God is stronger for you.

 

Rev. Andrea Allan is a United Church of Canada minister in Southern Ontario.  She lives with her husband and daughter in Stratford Ontario.

 

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