God or mammon

BethanySMC - Thursday, 20 October 2011 02:47

Matthew 6: 24 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. 25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? 27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. 

You cannot serve God and material wealth or possessions. You should never allow it to influence you and lower your standards, values, character, and testimony. It should never be a cause for worries regarding the future. Nevertheless, possessions are the most common concern for future and life. Many count on their possessions to have a bright life ahead. However, we are commanded not to consider possessions as something that will take care of us in the future. When we put our trust into material things we become servants of that which God calls mammon.

We cannot do that if we want to be God’s servants. Our heavenly Father must be our source and security for today and in the future. It is promised that if we seek Him and His righteousness He will take care of us and provide everything that we need. God is not joking about it, He means what He says! There should be no troubling thought, unrest, or unrighteous action on our part. He holds our future; He will give us all that we need in His time. We should be established in this trust. Rather than desiring more, we should be considering the ways to use what we already have for His kingdom now!! Often our thoughts of the future deceive us. We are more likely to dream on how we would use something for God’s glory if we would have so and so, neglecting to use what we already have.

My car

Paycheck 

Even stuff around the house

The house itself

Time

Abilities… what can I do with it to promote God’s kingdom?

 

If I find myself worrying and being anxious of the future, it sets an alarm in me right away and points me to my faith.

“O ye of little faith!” said Jesus.

If anything – I don’t want to loose faith. Therefore, as to me and my life, I want to trust Him… Doing all I can with what I have! No boasting, no anxiety about the future – whether it is bitter or sweet, long or short.  I choose to have no troubling thoughts of tomorrow. After all food and clothing are promised for me and the rest God will take care of, day by day.

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