When I hear the word ‘Moonlighting’ I usually think of having a second job. Usually the second job is at night time and sometimes the person is paid under the table. Today I want to look at it through a different perspective, simply as a servant of God. Not that being a Christian is a job, but we do have a duty to God. If we are to be whole and satisfied, our lives must be centered on honoring God and following his plans.
“No one can serve two masters. 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 both God and Money. Matt 6:24
Notice the words serve and money. Serve denotes being a slave, literal or figurative, involuntary or voluntary. We may choose to voluntary follow God, and we may involuntary or voluntary choose to do the devil’s bidding. Paul sums it up this way in Rom 7:21-24 So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. Paul isn’t saying that we don’t have a choice. He is reminding us of the uselessness of trying to live right and please God in our own strength, without depending on God’s grace, mercy and strength. For more on this read Rom 8:5 and Acts 9:1-19.
Instead of money, the KJV uses the word mammon. i.e. wealth. There is nothing wrong with wealth; it becomes wrong by the importance we place on it. If it dominates our life, if we place our trust in our possessions, and if we measure our happiness by our wealth and by our possessions then we have placed those things above God. Our mind then becomes controlled by greed.
Satan wants us, and his favorite way to tempt us is through our desires. I’m reading a book in which the author describes how Satan lures us by…
the cravings of the sinful man
the lust of his eyes
and the boasting of what he has or does.
If you were to take your spiritual inventory today, what would it look like? Have you been guilty of doing a little moonlighting? Is God first on your list or last, or is he even on your list. I wish I could say he is always first on my list and first in my heart. I must confess there are times when I find myself doing a little moonlighting.
I’m reminded of Eccl 5:11
As goods increase,
so do those who consume them.
And what benefit are they to the owner
except to feast his eyes on them?
Heb 3:12-13 See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.
2 Peter 2:19b… for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him.