God's Love, Shalom , Christian, Mumbai, India, Peace, Shalomindia, Jesus,
You cannot serve both God and money"
one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the
other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You
cannot serve both God and money" (Luke 16:13).
In the Old King James version, Jesus gives money a name —
Mammon. In so doing He personifies the god of Materialism, which
works to steal our affections away from the One true God. Barnes
in his commentary writes, "Mammon is a Syriac word, a name
given to an idol worshipped as the god of riches."
Did you know that there is a competition for your heart and
soul? It's a winner-take-all contest, and you are the one who
will cast the deciding vote. The Lord Jesus calls you to walk
with Him in faith, trusting in His word and experiencing His
presence daily in many personal and powerful ways. Mammon, on
the other hand, holds forth the promise of security through
riches; power through wealth; influence through affluence. These
two Contestants are incompatible. And both leave the mark of
upon the lives of their worshippers.
Five things will be unmistakably true of you if you serve
Mammon. You will live in constant anxiety over still unmet
needs, no matter how much wealth you acquire. You will live in
dreadful fear about your financial future, which will cause you
to hoard what riches you do possess. You will live in constant
doubt about the Lord's love and faithfulness, for your life will
be disturbed with the piercing interference of Mammon's
suspicious whispers. You will live outside the circle of the
Lord's blessing, in disobedience to His word, and will miss the
miracle of His hand at work in your finances — multiplying the
bounty of your estate as you increase in generosity. And,
finally, your heart will become cynical and suspicious against
anyone who says the kind of things I just wrote.
Such are they who spend their days with Money on their mind.
On the other hand, Jesus will fill your life with peace in
His provisions, hope in the future, confidence in His love
and faithfulness, blessings which abound in your obedience to
His word, and a joyful outlook on life that sees the Hand of God
at works in everthing.
It's time to cast your vote. Which God do you want to serve?
James Ryle, E-Sword