What is Mammon? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines it as:
material wealth or possessions especially as having a debasing influence.
Referenced from: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mammon
Mathew 6 : 19 – 24 KJV:
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
24 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.
I once heard the testimony of a man that sheds abundant light on the above Scriptures and the message I am trying to convey here. His testimony is summarized below:
This man and his wife once owned a profitable business, that in his own words, made 20 million a year. He lived in a multi-million dollar mansion, served Jesus, gave a lot of money to the Lord, but harbored a burning desire in his heart to become a minister for Jesus. To fulfill God’s Calling in his heart, he gave away all his possessions. He literally opened his mansion to the public to come and get what they wanted, he did not charge for anything and let it all go. He paid off the debts of the business and gave the rest of his money away.
He and his family then lived in a small apartment, in a not so good part of town, while he faithfully attended Bible College and ultimately earned his Doctorate in Ministry.
Okay…let’s stop here for a moment. How many multi-millionaire Believers and ministers out there would give away all their possessions and money to travel the World spreading the Holy Spirit Fire of Revival, with maybe even having to live in a lowly fashion? Could you give away all you have right now?
If the thought of giving all away provokes you, then something is wrong! Mammon might have pierced you. It might be time to take your life (or ministry) plans and place them on one pan of the Balance Scale, with the Word of God on the other, to see which side weighs more in your life.
Mathew 19 : 16 – 22 KJV:
16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
Now…I am not saying that a person cannot be a Millionaire and also love, serve and give to Jesus, I am expressing the idea that if money, status and success matters most, this leads to pride and pride comes before a fall. Pride also separates us from God and His Will.
Proverbs 16 : 18 KJV:
18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
We as Believers must undertake a hard personal Biblical review of ourselves to align our Will with Jesus’, this way, we can see where we stand and if we are missing the vital opportunities given us in this “End Time Harvest”. The real focus is to reach souls for the Eternal Kingdom, where our riches should foremost be (Mathew 6 : 19 – 24).
It has been discouraging through the years, with hearing over and over again, of once great men of God falling into darkness, pierced by the things the World has to offer. With money, it comes and goes as quickly as the wind, so why are we chasing it, who can catch the wind?!
The minister in the above testimony also said once: “Money is a terrible master, but a great servant!” Is wealth your master or servant? And if it is your servant, then is it foremost going to the work of the Lord, or for self gain?
I am a vessel of the Holy Spirit.
A vessel is useless unless it is filled, and a vessel can do nothing as of itself, so as this vessel is poured out, I pen its contents as it flows. – Christopher Moss