One issue the entire world system is built around is
money. It is the secret force behind all struggles,
and a direct reason for all the evil that pervades
our generation. It wiggles its way into every human structure and has
become the only definition by which riches are measured in the world. It
sets up an agenda of pursuit for every man and seeks to entangle him.
Unless, a man is particularly delivered by the LORD JESUS from the claw
of mammon, he will start his life pursuing it and he will surely end on his
death bed, lamenting how much of it he has not been able to make and
leave behind for his children. But Jesus says:
“No man can serve two masters: for either he will
hate the one and love the other; or else he
will hold on to the one and despise the
other. You cannot serve God and
mammon”. Luke 16:13.
Though every man born into the
world system begins to serve mammon
(knowingly or unknowingly) from infancy,
it is a definite hindrance to serving God
and walking in His own principles. No
man can serve two masters. Definitely,
mammon is a master. God cannot accept any thing else if He is not the Lord of all!
To gain a full experience of God’s grace in life, we must first gain a
total victory over the god of this world and his principal instrument of servitude, which is mammon.
Ploys By Which Mammon Enslaves
To keep men in its grip, mammon lifts up some critical issues before
their eyes. We shall analyse some of these, as we seek God’s way for overcoming the god of mammon daily, as we walk the pilgrim’s way.
THE FEAR OF TOMORROW
One notable ploy the devil uses to deceive people into serving mammon is the
fear of tomorrow. Incidentally, every today begets a tomorrow and every tomorrow ushers in a next tomorrow. There is no definite count of the morrows
for which a man should store up wealth to have adequately provided for the
balance of his years and those of his descendants. Consequently those who set
out to store up for tomorrow never complete their task until they die. Is it wise to
live one’s life under the anxiety of tomorrow? No, it is a trap. Every manifestation of such fear is the natural evidence of
lack of faith in such a heart. We fear tomorrow when we doubt the God of tomorrow.
If we repent and turn back to know God
and trust Him, as we should, the fear of tomorrow can no longer thrive on our hearts.
He has already made adequate provision to
cover every life, with every approaching
tomorrow. He commands every morrow
never to dawn without all the relevant solutions for its attendant challenges. “…For the
morrow shall take thought for the things
of itself”(Matt.6:33). Therefore a believer
should entertain no anxiety for tomorow.
God expects us to rest our lives on
faith in His word rather than to merely depend on the physical supply we hold in our hands.
Beware, Mammon Can Be A Terrible Master!
God who is your faithful provider, the ever-present
help in trouble, He never fails, and never changes. He neither
slumbers nor sleeps.
But the unbelieving world scorns at this kind of Goddependent life. It is looked down upon as “living from hand
to mouth”. It is described as risky, naïve and fanatical. Yet
the Word of God still maintains that “the just shall live by
faith; but if any man draws back, my soul shall have no
pleasure in him”. (Heb. 10:38).
We cannot have a genuine faith and be able to
walk with God until we can live on God solely
and be at peace within. And we cannot
work with God if we do not walk
with God. The blessings of a
life of obedience to the Word
of God include an abundance
of material prosperity. (Deut.
28:1-14). Even then, it is still
foolish to rest your soul on the
abundance of riches.
When God fed His
people in the wilderness, He
supplied day by day their daily need for a stretch of forty
years. You consider that to be a risky way of life? But the daily
supply (and the double portion on Sabbath eve to cover the
supply for the Sabbath) never failed for once. Those who can
afford to depend on God experience no disappointment. This
you can confirm from any fowl of the air or from any faithful
believer (Mt. 6:26). In Deut. 8:3 the Bible says that God often
chooses to keep us on a day by day supply, not because He has
any difficulty with supplying all,but that they might know that
“man doth not live by bread only; but by every word that
proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live”
THE VANI TY OF VARI ETY
“And having food and raiment let us therewith be
“But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a
snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts,
which drowns men in destruction and perdition.”
1 Tim. 6:8,9.
Often, when the Bible speaks of “riches”, the concept is that
of “any excess beyond the need of today”.
There is, however, an even subtler concept of money
that is no less sinister. It manifests in discontentment with
what is plain and simple. Though such a heart is supplied
adequate food to shield it from hunger, it cannot yet be content. Though it has enough clothing to cover nakedness at all times, it cannot be satisfied. Why not? It is a
heart ruled by the love of variety. It ever seeks
after changes in taste, appearance, smell, feel,
The love of this aspect of riches is
as much a snare of mammon as any other,
and is capable of unsettling a heart spiritually. There is spiritual security in the discipline of simplicity and moderation. And there
is such a glorious quietness and peace that comes
with such a discipline. Do not give it away for the
folly of sophistication, which is a worldly mentality.
The world believes in the vanity of variety
as a direct rebellion against God who is simply profound and profoundly simple. The book of
Deuteronomy is the complete summary of God’s
dealings with the children of Israel in the wilderness, under Moses. In chapter 8, we discover that
God chose to feed them on the same menu (Manna)
all through the week, every month, for the whole journey of 40 years. Yet, no one suffered malnutrition nor did
any life fall sick for lack of variety in the diet, all through the
years! What simplicity! Yet how amazingly effective beyond
all human imagination and sophistication the simplicity of God
is. In spite of such convincing results, those whose hearts
are overtaken and overcharged with the deception of variety are
unable to rest in contentment with the moderations of godliness.
When a believer begins to compare his God-given
diet with the diet of the ungodly, he has become “mixed” up
in heart. His heart has been ensnared by the empty sophistication and vain decorations of the lost. Even if he survives the
temptations in the wilderness and successfully crosses Jordan, he
may perish at Jericho. His first spiritual break through may occasion his eternal break down, as it happened to Achan because of
his uncurbed appetites for the “riches of the Gentiles”.
Achan, the son of Carmi almost made it spiritually were
it not for the lust of riches in his heart. He almost made it with
God were it not for the interruption of his hidden ambition to
make it in riches. When Achan finally came face to face with
riches, covetousness had the better part of him. His eternal destiny, which he had come so close to fulfilling, was irreparably
spoilt by the spoils of Jericho. Listen to Achan’s confession:
“When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish
garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a
wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted
them, and took them…” Josh 7:21.
Achan died. He passed on as another victim of the
mammon of unrighteousness. Several others have been ruined by the love for riches since then. Many more are still
being ruined today.
Knowledge of this snare alone does not save the soul.
Otherwise, it would certainly have saved Judas Iscariot. Remember that Judas followed Jesus right from the beginning
until the very last supper. But he ended up a victim of mammon, in eternal ruins. Our response is not yet good enough
until we reject and evacuate every mentality of worldlymindedness. We must arrive at the point where our passionate love for riches is replaced by a rabid hatred in our hearts,
until our ambition to be rich is brutally murdered.