Headlines features news about unemployment, inflation, or the stock market. We rejoice or weep, based on the news as it affects our pocketbook. Who says the Bible doesn’t speak to the issues of today? Jesus makes the point in clear terms: ‘’You cannot serve both God and money” (Matthew 6:24).
Mammon is the Aramaic word for material possessions. Unfortunately, many people trust in mammon or money like a god. Trusting in money leads to either wanting more or worry about food, drink, and clothes.
Whiles money has a legitimate use as a gift entrusted to as by God, we must not put our trust in it. Money can easily gain stronghold on us. We end up serving money instead of God. The root sin is unbelief.
Serving God means regarding Him as the Pearl of Great Price, worth everything we have. Instead of self-seeking, Kingdom-seeking. Instead of worry, trust. Serving God means using our money for Him-joyfully, sacrificially.
We make the choice clear, we confess our self- seeking greed and faithless worry. Who can help us? The God who asks us to serve came to us in the form of a servant. Jesus Christ refused Satan’s of worldly kingdoms and chose to serve the Father. He went to the cross. “Though He was rich … He became poor, so that through His poverty we might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9). Made God’s children in Baptism, we now serve as He freely supplies faith to replace our worry, and kingdom-seeking to replace our self-seeking.
Prayer: Dear Father, transform our greedy, anxious hearts (pursuing money) into serving, trusting hearts (seeking- only You), through Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Reference: Matthew 6:24-34
Written by: Pius Isaac Sedofia