Serving God or serving your riches?

“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 6:24

So many times in our services we make the distinction between God and the enemy. We preach that either we will go to heaven with Jesus or to hell. We either follow God’s perfect path or Satan’s deception. However, Jesus presents a different dichotomy here. The challenge is deciding between what our heart is set upon: Jesus or money.

Pretty much everything we do is hinged upon money. We go to school to get a good job, which by most is determined by salary and benefits. We sacrifice countless hours perfecting our skills for the hopes of promotion or success. And most are judged based on what they have acquired in life. Power and prestige are barometers of how well we have done in this life.

Jesus flips this thinking in reverse. For a Christian, our goal isn’t to become rich (although I think it can happen for many who follow Christianity). Our goal is to be faithful. Our success is hinged upon our ability to maintain our focus on eternity. We must be sold out to the principles of the Bible instead of trying to balance allegiances.

What are you more focused on? Do you care more about achieving in this life or earning eternity in the next? Your answer will determine your future destination in the afterlife.


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  • There are certainly a lot of details like that to take into consideration. That is a great point to bring up. I offer the thoughts above as general inspiration but clearly there are questions like the one you bring up where the most important thing will be working in honest good faith. I don?t know if best practices have emerged around things like that, but I am sure that your job is clearly identified as a fair game. Both boys and girls feel the impact of just a moment’s pleasure, for the rest of their lives.