“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
Who, or What, Will We Worship?
(Please read Matthew 6:24)
Our text presents two mutually exclusive courses of action. Nobody can accomplish both at the same time. God and mammon are mutually exclusive. “Mammon” was a word for worldly wealth. Some versions use the word “money” instead in our text. So each person has a choice to make. It’s decision time.
Jesus didn’t mean that we should never have anything to do with money. He recognized later in his sermon that people need many things, but insisted that we seek his kingdom first (see Matthew 6:28-34).
Despite such teaching from the Master, a lot of folks claim not to be religious and even make fun of church-going believers. They hoot at the idea of even having to choose between God and mammon – little realizing that they have chosen already. They have voted against God and will bristle when anyone questions their choice. But in their own way they have a “religion.” Where we have fellowship with other Christians, they have fellowship with their friends and associates. Where we seek God’s blessings through prayer, they trust in and strive for the things that they crave most. Their nearest thing to prayer might be buying lottery tickets or following various superstitious practices.
The big decision, then, is not whether we will worship but whom, or what, we will worship. We have to decide one way or the other; we cannot split our allegiance. After a person makes that decision in favor of Christ, the daily decisions required to live up to his religion are straightforward and clear. Jesus promised, you know, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:30, NIV).