Matthew 6:24 (NKJV)
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.
I’ve read this passage before but I never really dug deep into what God was saying. Until this past Sunday. I attend a different church called Living Stones Church International, in Halifax and it felt great to experience something different on a Sunday morning. In the service I could feel God present in my life and others around me. Pastor Dan Page spoke about mammon, meaning money. We are either serving God or mammon; we can’t worship both. We tend to worship mammon, even if we don’t mean to. We all do it. We need to decide, I need to decide to follow God not mammon. Money is nothing and God is in need of nothing, just our full obedience. It was said that our well-being is not determined on money, even though we think that way. We need money to survive; food, shelter, security. But God says I don’t need money; I can provide all those things for you if you just come to me. That’s what we need to do. Fully relying on God is something I struggle with. Most of the time I rely on myself to fix things but God is there to listen and fix things if we just turn to him. That is something that I am working on right now. Coming to God in prayer. I need to remind myself over and over that God is in need of nothing (money). Just keep it on repeat. Pastor Dan gave 10 Symptoms of Mammon, and that’s where the message really hit me. I related to all of them.
- worry & anxiety about money- fear
- money mismanagement- don’t know where your money went/overspending
- “I never have enough”- always wanting more
- ? can’t remember that one sorry- it might of had something to do with budgeting
- impulse buying- going in for one specific thing and coming out with something completely different
- stinginess- holding back on tithing/offering
- greed- having a list of things we want to buy
- discontentment- never being content with what we have
- bondage of debit- always in debit/using credit cards
- “money is seen as the end-all-be-all”- money is everything