Published on February 17, 2014
God or Mammon? I was so focused on planning the future and remembering the past that I wasn't living in the present.
In today’s Gospel reading we read “You cannot serve God and mammon.” (Mt. 6:24) but what is mammon? The dictionary tells us that mammon refers to material wealth or possessions. A recently married man loved his young bride intensely. He wanted to provide her with the best home, nicest clothes, and everything else she might want. Though he had to hold down two jobs to do so, he did not mind, because they enabled him to provide his bride with many material things. Because of his work he had fallen away from the church and its activities. His wife’s perceived desires had become his idol, his master, and the driving force in his life. Their time together was hard to schedule, but he figured that later on, once they were set financially, there would be plenty of time to spend with each other.
While he was busy giving her what he thought she wanted he didn’t take time to find out from her what she really wanted. Within a few years his wife left him, not for more money or material things, but for a man who would spend time with her. We often serve and obey God. Like the young man we feel that when we get older and the cares of the world aren’t so intense we will have plenty of time to spend with Him. We are regular in our attendance at church services and social function but are we really close to God?
Like the bride He will miss our companionship but unlike the bride he will never leave us even when we don’t take time out for Him. You see like the young man we are giving God what we think He needs, not what He wants. Consider for a moment, what could we possibly give to God that He doesn’t already have or need? Like the bride God wants us to know you intimately, He wants us to look beyond ourselves, beyond our earthly idols, beyond our temporal desires and into the depths of our soul. As Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” (Mt. 24:35)
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