KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 6:24 KJV “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”
The Lord Jesus reveals that mammon, is a very potent competitor for the hearts of men against the place of God. Mammon is wealth or riches. In its simplest form it could be represented by money. Money is a modern-day idol to many people including the rich and the poor. The scriptures say, 1Timothy 6:10 KJV “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” Money is a legal tender for transacting goods and services. Almost everything we use, receive has money as the medium for it to be possible. This has made money very important and more visible than even God who we don’t see and physically encounter in most of our activities. The clear visibility of money has made it to occupy a very important place in the hearts of many. Actually, it has taken God’s place in many lives. This is what the Lord Jesus tried to correct. (Money in itself is not in evil)
WHO is your master? Is mammon your master or the Lord Jesus? You may claim Jesus is your master, yet how much are you prepared to serve God with your money? How truthful are you when it comes to financial matters? What do you do when you are torn between helping the needy as against keeping your money?
According to the scriptures and by experience, anything that takes God’s place in our lives ensnares us. (Deutronomy 7:25) As the scripture says anyone whose heart has been dominated by greed or lust, for money traps himself or pierces himself with many sorrows.
IF JESUS is Lord of your lives you would use money to serve Him. The Lord said unto the same audience in Matt 6:33, that if men would first seek the kingdom of God and its righteousness every other blessing shall be added unto them. Making the Lord Jesus, master will definitely mean being faithful to all financial matters, including tithes and offerings. Mal 3:8 & 9. You may indeed escape the curse of a thief. (Zechariah 5:3&4) Money will not dictate to you, rather you will rule over money. The man ruled by Jesus is not covetous as seen in the following scripture.
Eze 33:31 KJV “And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth, they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.”
Please note, riches are never evil, but it becomes an error when it dictates your affairs against the word and way of God. God indeed takes pleasure in the prosperity of His children who favours his righteous course. (PS 35:27) Desire for riches with the sole aim to establish the kingdom of God in the lives of many.
God has blessed me in every way. I favour the spread of the gospel and the transformation of lives. Money never rules me. I relate to money in the light of my love for Christ.
Psalms 35:27 KJV” Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.” Zechariah 5:3 KJV” Then said he unto me, This is the curse that goeth forth over the face of the whole earth: for every one that stealeth shall is cut off as on this side according to it; and every one that sweareth shall be cut off as on that side according to it.”