Day One Hundred and Fifty Four
No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Matthew 6:24
The passage today contains what every man and woman must know about money and mammon. Mammon is ever looking for man to serve it! And knowing that God has created man’s heart for His (God’s) worship, mammon seeks the same space in order to control it. Mammon seeks for an altar in every man. God’s Word has revealed that the love of money gives room for the god of money to rule and to create all forms of vices. In Apostle Paul’s letter to Timothy, he had warned that the love of money was and remains the root of all kinds of evil. Read 1 Timothy 6:10.
Yet, we need money to do all kinds of good and we should earn good money to be able to cater for the essentials of life and for impacting good on society. The wisdom of God’s word is that the wise man will not allow money to rule but to be in subjection. Money will either be a ruler or a servant. To allow God to rule the heart is the sure way to put money in subjection. As the heart is likened to an altar, to allow pure sacrifices of worship and giving on that altar amounts to filling it with the fragrance of God’s presence and peace. Those who will despise mammon are those who take pleasure in offering to God from what they have rightfully earned.
Sacrificial giving, tithes and offerings are avenues to express love for God and despite for mammon. When they come willingly from hearts that are dedicated to loving and worshiping the Almighty God, they can command the presence of God into life’s situations.
The Bible tells us that God loves a cheerful giver. This truth is timeless. Let us look at the full passage in 1 Corinthians 9:7 - So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
In sum, every lover or worshiper of God should give out of what God has given him or her. Never do it grudgingly or of necessity. Do it with joy. But you must ensure you do it, because it is in doing it that you despise mammon and overthrow its rule over your heart.
Action – God sees when men give. Take a step today by separating an offering, lifting it up to God with joy, and with your mouth declare – Lord, I bring my offering of praise into Your house.