Matthew 6:24-25 – “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.
25 “Therefore I say to you…” NKJV
The Bible tell us that “where your treasure is, there your hearts will be also…” [Luke 6:21]. That which holds our heart holds our love, loyalty, and life. I have had people try to convince me that if I love God I have to hate possessions and money. I find that counter-intuitive in many respects. The Bible uses the word “hate” on a number of occasions not to be interpreted as “despise” but “love less”. We are to have less an affinity for the things of this world, including money and/or possessions than we do for Christ and the things of God. That is almost too simplistic a characterization but appropriate, in my view.
It is human nature to develop a love-hate relationship with things that run counter to that which we love supremely. If we are placed in a position to choose between God or possessions we will gravitate toward one and develop and hatred for the other. If we are driven by the pursuit of money or things we will find that our hearts have much less room for God and His principles and precepts. We will find it necessary to justify our actions and lives to accommodate our supreme love, “mammon.” If we are driven by a desire to “be holy, because He is holy” we will often develop a distrust and disgust for possessions. Sadly, many never find a balance where God is supreme and possessions or mammon fits into the second position in a wholesome and healthy relationship. We are “in” this world but not “of” it but we must never forget we are IN IT and therefore, need to learn to operate in it in the light of God and His word.
I am always amazed at how often we take verse 24 as an isolated and stand-alone passage ignoring the THEREFORE of verse 25. The fact that verse 25 begins with THEREFORE is a reason to examine its content in conjunction with the message and warning of verse 24. It is because of the truth and danger of verse 24 that we need verse 25. It is because we cannot serve two masters and will either choose God or mammon that we need to understand the hope of verse 25.
THEREFORE, because you cannot serve two masters and will either serve God or mammon – DON’T WORRY or spend needless energy worrying about food, drink, clothing, housing, transportation, etc. The continuation of the message of hope and reality continues through verse 33 and is powerful if we can receive it and understand that it is not possessions that are the problem but our being overly concerned with mammon. It boils down to a matter of TRUST. If we understand that our hearts cannot hold supreme allegiance to God and the driving pursuit of possessions or money we can then turn our faith to God and place our trust and confidence in Him and His ability and willingness to provide for us. If I do not trust God completely then I will find mammon gaining strength in my life and focus.
The question is not just “What Do You Love Most?” It is “What or Who Do You Trust?” It boils down, simplistically to, Trust God or Trust Possessions. If God has not met my timeframes, deadlines and schedules I may question whether I can fully and totally trust Him to provide. But, if I “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” I find that His timing is perfect and my arbitrary deadlines and schedules are manufactured out of my limited ability to see. He sees the end from the beginning and we see the beginning from the end.
God bless you as you go through this day!