Money is a means of legal tender. Money is supposed to be a servant sent on errand to get things done for us. For example, when you are hungry, you will use money to get food to eat. Money itself is not useful if it cannot get the final commodity that we actually need. This divine truth is lost to many and thus sees money as a master; instead for them to own money, money owns them.
In our text, Jesus told a parable of an unjust steward who was sacked by his boss but struck a deal with his master’s debtors to grant him a soft landing. Jesus ended the parable with a profound statement, V 13 “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon”. The only other god that Jesus compared to the living God was mammon; money, and sadly many are enslaved to it.
I heard the story of a very rich man that was stingy. He loved money to the extent he didn’t feed well. He was discovered three days after his death; they found out that he was malnourished and died of a minor disease that prompt treatment could heal! He so loved money that he didn’t spend it on himself even when he was sick. He eventually died and left the money behind for another to enjoy!
1Corinthians 6:12 “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any”. RSV says “… I will not be enslaved by anything”. When you cannot part easily with your money or you have the flimsiest of excuse not to give, watch it. When the cry of the needy and the poor around you don’t move you to help them, something is wrong. Whatever you have, see God as the true owner and yourself as just a mere caretaker. If you see yourself unnecessary attached to material things, ask the Holy Spirit for help.
Prayer point: Lord help me not to have any other god beside you in my life in Jesus name.