Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! 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 6:19-24)
God And Mammon
Man has always been a servant. He serves either those things that are true and righteous or those things that are false and ungodly. There has never been a third choice. Created in the image of God, man was formed to glorify the Creator and to worship the One who gives him life. He was given the ability to choose and allowed to make a choice whether he wanted to obey the Lord or not. It was in the Garden of Eden that man made a choice to satisfy his fleshly desires and ignore the clear instructions of God. Mammon was a strong aroma that man fell prey to and as a consequence was separated from God and cast out of the garden. It was that morsel of mammon that brought the punishment of a righteous God upon the whole world and then saved through the sacrifice of His only begotten Son.
Mammon is not a word familiar to most people. It is only found four times in scripture but the message of the Bible from beginning to end is the struggle with mammon. Jesus refers to it in His sermon on the mountain and the parable of the unjust steward. The Old Testament is a testimony to the eternal struggle of man and mammon. Jesus came to earth to show men they cannot live by mammon alone. Everyone today struggles with the powerful influence of mammon in their lives. Jesus died because of mammon. Our life beyond the grave will be determined by how we deal with mammon. It is impossible to serve the Lord God and to serve mammon.
Defining the word mammon is to understand the lust of the flesh, the pride of life and the lust of the eye. Like the forbidden fruit of Eden, mammon is the aroma of temptation that draws the heart away from God. The treasures of earth have a great attraction because they are fun, exciting and glitter brightly to the desires of man. Mammon is the fulfillment that brings satisfaction to the flesh exalting the pride of man to make him believe he is a god. Satan is after the heart of man and when he fills the soul of man with riches of this world he is succeeding in turning man into a worshipper of mammon. The lamp of the eye of man is the soul of man and what it becomes is what man becomes. Mammon brings darkness and how great is that darkness. The reality of mammon is that it is transitory.
God and mammon cannot be in the same heart. Man’s heart was created to only have room for one thing. Loving and serving mammon will exclude God. They cannot abide together. Devoting the heart to God will drive the desire of mammon from the mind of man and give him greater hope and greater promise. Jesus stated a simple fact: no man can serve two masters. Either the Lord God will reign in the heart or the lie of mammon will give a temporary pleasure before death destroys the soul. Every one of us serves one of two masters. Do you serve God or do you serve mammon?