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SIMPLICITY

January 31, 2017

Tuesday

 

Luke 16:13 

 

No servant 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.

 

 

LESSON

 

Even though one may have both God and Mammon, namely, be a believer and have earthly resources, it is impossible to “serve” them both. They both demand total allegiance. Love for “God” will result in Mammon taking second place in life. Conversely, if one puts Mammon

first, God can have only second place. This fact should serve as a warning against unfaithfulness to God, and as a warning against enslavement by Mammon. Jesus personified Mammon to picture it as God’s rival. Disciples obviously can serve God and Mammon, but they cannot be the servant, in the truest sense of that word, of both God and Mammon. They can only be the servant of one.

 

Did you ever think of this? Preachers today talk a great deal about money. Some seem to talk of nothing else. Jesus also talked a lot about money, but he never took an offering afterwards. Too many who talk about money today are quick to pass the plate. They would love to rid us both of our materialism and of our money.

 

Memory Verse: Matthew 6:21

 

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”

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