Read: Matthew 6:24-34
A read through the sections of the Sermon on the Mount reveals that a lot of it can be summarized under one theme: singularity. Whether we are praying, fasting, or dealing with the world’s goods, our spiritual life rises or falls in relation to singularity. The more we try to accomplish multiple purposes through our actions, the more divided we become.
In this week’s lesson Jesus brings the principle into focus by saying simply, ” No one can serve two masters.” The divided life is the diminished life. And in the end, he says, it leads us into the life of worry where the “what ifs” of life overcome the “what is.”
The mark of singularity is trust. We trust that our attitudes and actions are valid in and of themselves. We pray because of what prayer is—not to be seen by others. We fast because of what fasting is—not because our mortification will impress others. We practice our faith, in whatever manner, because of what faith is—not because of some secondary benefit that may come to us. And in all things, we trust that God will take care of us; nothing else need be added to the picture.
The means of singularity is today. We lose our singularity when we try to mix today and tomorrow together. We lose the value of the present moment when we allow it to be defined by what may (or may not) happen tomorrow.
God is one, and God calls us to be one. When we give our full attention to the one man or the one woman—to the one place or the one time, we experience what life is meant to be