No servant 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. – Luke 16:13
People say that almost nothing arouses anger more than messing with their money. Understandably we are sensitive to changes in our wealth and income. However, dishonesty wealth is a cancer to the soul and a great stumbling block to our faith and the faith of others around us.
Some choices are mutually exclusive. The Bible tells us plainly to choose life over death, good over evil, and righteousness over wickedness. Why do we try to leave our money and wealth out of this list? We seem to think that decisions about such things are not relevant to God, but anything that compromises our devotion to God matters. How can we worship God on Sunday and act wickedly on Monday without guilt? Jesus says we can’t.
Either we can love and serve God with all we possess or not. We either obey or not. Let us remember this critical lesson in a day where leisure and wealth too often become idols pulling us away from faith in God, ruining our lives. Remember the words of the psalmist, “I have been young, and now am old yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread” (Psalm 37:25).