Mammon Masquerading as Wealth
"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon." (Matt. 6:24)ILLUSION ABOUT WEALTH:
- "MORE" will one day be enough.
"But as I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless. It was like chasing the wind. There was nothing really worthwhile anywhere." (Eccl. 2:11 NLT)
"Those who love money will never have enough. How absurd to think that wealth brings true happiness! The more you have, the more people come to help you spend it. So what is the advantage of wealth—except perhaps to watch it run through your fingers!" (Eccl. 5:10-11 NLT)
- IT ALL GOES BACK in the box.
"As he had come naked from his mother's womb, so will he return as he came. He will take nothing from the fruit of his labor that he can carry in his hand." (Eccl. 5:15)
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal." (Matt. 6:19 NIV)
- Serving God or mammon isn't an issue of "HOW MUCH" it's an issue of the HEART.
"[Tell] those who are rich ... not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. [Tell] them to
do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed." (1 Tim. 6:17-19)
"But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Matt. 6:20-21 NIV)
True wealth: "HEAVENLY" treasures we invest in TODAY!
"For I was hungry and you gave Me food ... thirsty and you gave Me drink ... a stranger and you took Me in ... naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited
Me ... in prison and you came to Me." (Matt. 25:35-36)
"The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil." (Eccl. 12:13-14)