Matt. 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
We live in a very materialistic world. We measure life in terms of things we have or want to have. We spend most of our lives pursuing things that will all turn to dust someday. We measure our worth in terms of things. We deem those who have more than we do successes and those who have less failures. We become slaves to materialism and it often blinds us to the fact that real life is spiritual in nature.
Long after our “stuff” is gone, we continue to exist. God gives everyone a soul that lives on eternally. We prepare for the continuation of life after death by how we live life. When we attach ourselves to that which we can see, we damage our souls. We cannot be devoted to the things of earth or this life at the expense of our souls and expect to see God someday. God will not take a second seat in our lives. If He is not first in our affections, He can have no fellowship with us.
God commands us to love Him with all of our heart, mind and soul. We cannot do that by treating our souls lightly. We must understand that taking care of our relationship with God must always be our number one priority in life. In reality, nothing else matters. We determine whether we will have a God-filled eternity or a godless eternity by the way we live and what we live for. You can’t have it both ways. You cannot attach yourself to the things of earth and God at the same time. A divided loyalty is no loyalty to God at all.