No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
By definition, your master is the one who controls or owns your life. Your true master is whoever you faithfully obey. Here the Lord posits two competing “masters”. One is the true God and the other is mammon. Now, Mammon is an Aramaic term for the “god” of money, riches or materialism.
There is nothing wrong with money itself, brethren. That is why God is happy to give us power to make it (Deut. 8:18). But you and I must beware of the spirit of mammon. We must resist the temptation to worship money.
Observe also that Jesus doesn’t say we must not USE money. In fact, He teaches us to utilise money for our eternal advantage (Luke 16:9). That means viewing wealth as our tool rather than our master. Indeed, “money makes a great servant, but a bad master”. So the question is, money and you, who is serving who?
When you struggle to part with money, Mammon has probably staged a coup over your heart’s throne. When you can’t get over lost money, or can’t forgive those who owe you, Mammon has become your lord. When your work affects your worship, Mammon has upstaged God in your life. With or without money, with little or much of it, Jesus is Lord!