The Masters of the Universe franchise debuted in 1982. This creation by Mattel includes toys, animation, film, comics, books, videogames and spin-offs. The most popular character in this series was He-Man, the most powerful man in the universe. Like Samson of the Bible, there was no hero who could match the superhuman strength of He-Man. Yet, in real life, there is someone who will come along that is bigger, faster or stronger than their predecessor. No matter how gifted you are, at some point you will have to call upon and rely on a higher power.
“The eye is the lamp of the body; so if your eye is clear [spiritually perceptive], your whole body will be full of light [benefiting from God’s precepts]. 23 But if your eye is bad [spiritually blind], your whole body will be full of darkness [devoid of God’s precepts]. So if the [very] light inside you [your inner self, your heart, your conscience] is darkness, how great and terrible is that darkness! – Matthew 6:22-23
There is another Master who is not a person, but many individuals benefit from the services it provides. The concept of a master credit card was conceived when several California banks joined together to form Interbank Master Charge. From 1966 to 1979, Mastercard was branded as the credit card to want and use. Today, Mastercard is merely a name from the past, bought out by Visa which has carried on its legacy in the credit industry. When I was a child, the only credit card my parents held was work related, for business expenses only. In modern times, adults have multiple credit cards, charging away until shocking bills arrive in the mail or online.
No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon [money, possessions, fame, status, or whatever is valued more than the Lord], Matthew 6:24.
Typically, when I hear a sermon about money, pastors quote 1 Timothy 6:10, the love of money is the root of all evil. However, the words of Jesus above refer to a heart issue. Do you trust God to provide daily bread for your needs in life? Or are your self reliant, putting all the onus on yourself to make enough money to live a decent life? While there are different levels of commitment on both sides, Jesus wants to know who are you going to serve. The Master of the Universe, (the giver of life) or the Mastercard that provides access to the finer things in life. Although the second choice is tempting, faith, prayer and the Word of God will lead you in the right direction. Two masters, but freewill enables you to make up your mind. Choose wisely.
by Jay Mankus