Friday, 31 July 2015

One who is seduced by mammon cannot seek first the righteousness of God

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you (Matthew 6:31-33).

Jesus said that no one can serve both God and mammon. A person will hate one and love the other (Matthew 6:24). It is absolutely impossible to serve both God and mammon.
Why? 

If one is serving mammon or seduced by him, one will be choked by the cares of this world, which will, not possibly, or probably, but will most definitely lead to serve one's flesh. One serves mammon by seeking to serve one's flesh, or succumbing to serve one's flesh in the case of the true Christian. The spirit of mammon feeds on the anxiety of a person to satisfy one's lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and pride of life. Such things are from the world (1 John 2:16). Thus, when one is caught up by the cares of the world, which knows only how to satisfy the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and pride of life, one will conformed or influenced by it. As such, this leads one to be anxious for earthly needs.

Satisfying such lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh and pride of life is diametrically opposed to seeking God, the only one who is righteous (Mark 10:18; Luke 18:19). Thus, when one is not seeking God, one cannot be righteous and seek first the righteousness of God.