God or mammon? – Matthew 6:24

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon [money, possessions, fame, status, or whatever is valued more than the Lord].

Matthew 6:24 amp:

My Pondering

We discover here that we serve one or the other, one way or another. We serve either God or mammon. We live for God’s glory or self glory. We feed the new man of Christ or the old man of the flesh. We worship God or people. Ultimately it comes down to that choice.

Life is so much about choices and priorities. The more excellent we become the more excellent are our choices must be. First and fundamental are between good and bad. Then best from better, as we can discern from our limited perspective. Ultimately, God, our Father knows best. That is where we need to rest, after we have given our best.

The enduring Ten Commandments make this abundantly clear.

So God must be first and foremost. Those things (mammon) aren’t necessarily bad provided they are in the right construct, priority and purpose.

It’s easy to drift to the left (the prosperity gospel – cheap grace – vending machine perceived God) or the right (the poverty gospel – legalistic sournesses – buzz kill woe is me perceived God).

God proclaims more than all that.

In the world but not of it.

Enjoy creation but worship God, not mammon.

Love God, not money.

Love people, not stuff.

Use things, not people.

Maximize time, no idol time nor idols (anything like mammon prioritized over God) period.

I will close this lil message with what Joshua so boldly spoke:

As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD!”

Joshua 24:15b