The Revelation Of Mammon – Part 2

– by Siva Moodley

In the previous article we spoke about storing up treasures in God’s Kingdom vs satan’s Babylonian system. We looked at the reward of each choice. Jesus continues in Mathew 6:19-24, explaining that we have to choose which master we want to serve. Will it be God or Mammon?

Is money evil?
Mammon is not money. Money itself is not evil. Whether we look at millions of rands or a few coins, it’s not evil. If money was evil, no Christian would be allowed to own a wallet or a purse. Jesus would not have been allowed to use money in His ministry, as that would have made Him a sinful person. Anyone carrying money on them would therefore give satan permission to attack them. No beloved, money is not evil – it is simply paper used to make an exchange for goods or services.

It is not a sin to like good things
Mammon is not the love of money or good things either. It is not a sin to like good things and to want the best for ourselves or our families. Coveting is a sin, but loving to have the best is not a sin. I love good Swiss watches. Jesus wants me to have the best (Jer 29:11). It’s not a sin when I shop for a good watch that I love. I love to drive in a safe, large, reliable SUV. If I lived in the days of Jesus, I would love a smart, loving donkey to get me around like Jesus, Mary, and Joseph did. Owning a donkey in those days was not cheap and certainly was luxurious like an SUV. 

Should a Christian love rags and poverty?
Should a Christian love a single course meal and forget the three course meal at a restaurant? No beloved. Our Father in Heaven wants the best for us and He wants us to enjoy it. He even declares that He knows we love good things and will give it to us (Matt 6:25-33). How then can good things and wealth be a sin if God has declared that He will give it to us? God wants you to have the best. Don’t let anyone make you feel guilty when God blesses you. On the other side of the coin, greed or loving anything above God is a sin.

What then is mammon?
“Mammon is a Syriac word, a name given to an idol worshipped as the god of riches. It has the same meaning as Plutus among the Greeks.” – Albert Barnes Commentary. The audience in the days of Jesus understood exactly what Jesus was saying as Mammon was a well-known deity in the middle east. The Greeks worshipped another famous god of riches called Plutus. The Chinese worship Caishen and the Hindu’s, Lakshmi. What do all these gods of riches have in common? They demanded sacrifice, commitment, and loyalty – and in return promised to give the devotee wealth.

Mammon enforces slavery
“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” – Matthew 6:24. The word “serve” is the Greek word ‘ouleuō’, which means to be a slave to or to be in bondage. Mammon wants you to be it’s slave. 

How are mammon and God different?
Mammon says money is the solution to all your problems. Mammon will therefore make you desire and work for more money. Jesus says God is the solution to all your problems. “Seek first His kingdom and all these things will be added to you.” A person who follows mammon will sacrifice his health, family time, and relationship with God to get more money, and when they do get more money, the demon of mammon will ensure they are not satisfied. So, it is not the love of money that drives them, but the need for more money. A Christian who follows mammon will go to church to find out how they can get more money, but most simply lose their passion for God. They will always make excuses to be in the house of God, and even when you encourage them to return, they become annoyed. They do not serve Jesus anymore, but mammon.

Become more alert
People who follow mammon believe they are able to get ahead and be successful without God’s help. They lust after promotion, wealth, recognition, and titles. God says promotion comes from Him. Mammon takes God’s place in your life if you have lost your first love. It’s time to become more alert to mammon.

JOY! Magazine (February/March  2019)

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