No one can be faithful to more than one master. The danger of not serving God is that we could be serving anything instead. Things like money, a career, or possessions can become our master. Mammon in Aramaic means money, wealth and possessions (Perez). Jesus is telling us in this passage that we cannot serve God and money simultaneously, so even if we try very hard we will end up serving one and neglecting the other. One can have both money and God; but one cannot serve both money and God. Jesus is speaking about an issue of the heart. Money in itself is amoral, which means there is nothing wrong with having riches. The problem comes when the riches control us if we love them, and our sacrifices and efforts are to attain money rather than knowing God. Paul declared in 1 Timothy 6:10 “The love of money is the root of all evil,” so we have to be careful to live our lives to the service of God, rather than being servants to money.
- Written by Ray Angulo