"Ye Cannot Serve God And Mammon"          

Luke 16:13


     Hell is full of men and women who tried to prove Christ wrong, who tried to serve both God and mammon. And our churches are filled with men and women, in the pulpit as well as in the pew, who are trying to prove Christ wrong, who are trying to serve both God and mammon. But it cannot be done. "Ye cannot serve God and mammon." This is a lesson we must learn. "We have no other way to prove ourselves the servants of God than by giving up ourselves so entirely to his service as to make mammon, that is, all our worldly gain, serviceable to us in his service." - (Matthew Henry).

     If you love the world and seek to hold on to the things of the world, you will hate God and despise his grace. Your worship of, service to and faith in God will be made subservient to your worldly interests. You will use the things of God to serve your worldly interests. "The friendship of the world is enmity with God. Whosoever therefore will be the friend of the world is the enemy of God" (James 4:4). "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him" (I John 2:15).

     If you love God and seek to hold on to him, serving his kingdom and his glory, his Son and his gospel, then you will hate the world and despise all that it offers. That simply means, when the world comes into competition with God, you throw the world away and hold on to God. You make your business and worldly interests subservient to your worship of, obedience to, and service for your God. You make the things of the world to be neither more nor less than instruments with which you serve the Lord your God. The religious worldling fits the worship of God into his life. But the worship of God is the believer's life. He arranges the affairs of his life around the worship of God.

     "Ye cannot serve God and mammon!" You must let go of one and hold to the other. So I say to you what Joshua said to Israel of old, "How long halt ye between two opinions?...Chose you this day whom ye will serve." Will you serve mammon; or will you serve God? "As for me and my house," I have made up my mind, "We will serve the Lord." Will you save your life for yourself, and lose it; or will you lose your life in Christ, and save it?


Don Fortner