Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Earning Money to Seek One's Own Needs and that of One's Own Family is to be Under the spirit of Mammon

Many in the modern Church think that handling finances has nothing to do with morality, just as many in modern society think that marriage, divorce and sex has nothing to do with morality. While many in the Church of today are very strict about righteousness and holiness in many matters, they completing separate morality and righteousness from finances. They think that how one handles finances is purely an economic thing, an earthly thing which does not matter. They think that an individual can spend money in the way one wants, for one's own purposes, rather than spending it the way God wants. 

Handling finances is a moral and spiritual issue. How one seeks to earn money, spend money and give money is the fruit of his heart. Earning money in the manner of spirit of seeking to satisfying one's own needs or that of one's loved ones including, is an ungodly thing. It is to earn money in the spirit of self-centredness and selfishness, to seek to satisfy one's earthly needs and that of one's loved ones, rather than to earn money to serve God, and to live for God. To earn money for the purpose of satisfying the earthly needs of one's family is different from earning money to provide for them as commanded by 1 Timothy 5:8. Earning money to satisfy the earthly needs and that of one's loved ones is natural to the flesh, seeking ultimately to satisfy its own desires, including by providing for one's family out of fear of the detriment posed to oneself if one does not do so.

While providing for one's family is a obligation (1 Timothy 5:8), it does not in any way whatsoever show that a person is godly. So many unsaved people do this, to earn money to satisfy their own needs and their families. They provide for their family not out of agape love, but rather, because they are concerned with only their own needs. Don't you even dare think you are godly because you provide for yourself and family. For this is what even the ungodly do in seeking to satisfy their needs. Jesus made it clear that it is the unsaved who seek after their earthly needs:

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 (Matthew 6:31-32).


The reason why even the ungodly can seek to satisfy their own needs and that of their family's need is because only requires a person to selfishly concerned about themselves that one can have such a desire. End of story.

You may say that earning money to seek one's own needs and that of one's family is to glorify God. That is where the deception lies. Where one is seeking to earn money in the manner of spirit of seeking to satisfy one's own earthly needs, and that of others, one is being fleshly. This is because one is seeking to satisfy one's earthly needs, which is of the flesh. Seeking to satisfy one's earthly needs and that of those who one cares for is itself diametrically opposed to seeking to find satisfaction in Christ and Christ alone. This is what Jesus was referring to when He said:  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). He explains that what is means to try to serve both God and mammon is to think about one's life in having one's earthly needs met, what one should eat, drink and wear (Matthew 6:25): Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

To even think about having one's earthly needs met, including legitimate needs such as food, drink and clothing is itself to serve mammon. The mere thought of such things is itself to serve mammon, itself hostile against God instead of submitting to Him (Romans 8:7-8). This itself explains why people who focus on money become more evil and wicked by the love of mammon.It is not just that in order to do seek one's own way which is evil in itself, one is greatly assisted by having more money. No! The pursuit of money itself corrupts a person even more than he is already corrupted from birth by sin (Psalm 51:5) because it puffs up the flesh, feeding on the desires of the flesh to satisfy its desires for anything, whether it be adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,  idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,  envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like (Galatians 5:19-21). 

The pursuit of money, and the thought of pursuing money is itself the love of mammon. Whether the person is pursuing money to obtain legitimate earthly needs, or mere wants, such a pursuit is itself the love of mammon. 

No one can seek to satisfy one's own needs and that of those one cares for, and love God at the same time. For seeking to satisfy one's own needs and that of those one cares for is itself to serve mammon. Jesus said that no one can serve both God and mammon (Matthew 6:24).