Luke 16:13 (NKJV)
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.”
If there is one truth we must adhere to, it would be this, we must be all in or all out with the Lord. The right choice is obviously to be all in. There is such joy when you completely surrender to the Lord. There is something different about life when you turn it over completely to the Lord of our salvation. We cannot serve the world and the Lord at the same time, one will ultimately win over the other. The question is, have you completely surrendered to God or mammon?
Why Surrender To The Lord?
Love - The Lord loves us unconditionally. Of course, everyone knows the pillar verse of the love the Lord has for us. John 3:16 (16) For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life… There is no greater love than this. He loves us so much that even on our worst days, He wants us to have everlasting life!
Guidance - James 1:5–6 reminds us… (5) If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. (6) But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind… Where else can we find absolute truth in everything? Money has led me astray, success has led me astray, God’s Word has never led me astray.
Promise - Jeremiah 29:11 (11) For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope… God has so many more promises for me than mammon. I choose to put my faith in Him!
It Does Not Have To Be Money
We read this verse and it can give money a bad name. It is not necessarily that money itself is a bad thing. Money can be used to further the kingdom, it can keep us alive, it can provide many godly things. It is putting anything ahead of God in our heart that becomes the problem. Maybe you honestly do not care about money, maybe it is fame. If you are constantly seeking fame over the Lord, fame becomes your master. Once again, fame used correctly can promote the Word as well. Look at people like Tim Tebow, he has used the world stage to spread the gospel. The difference is that Tim Tebow puts God first in all things instead of fame. You can put any earthly desire in the place of money. At the end of the day, we must put God in His rightful place and everything else will fall into its rightful place.
The Lord provides us with every need. In Him, we can truly do all things. Why on earth do we put our trust in other stuff like money? Are you living sold out for the dollar, or sold out for Christ? Let’s live life absolutely sold out for Him!
Philippians 1:21 (NKJV)
21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.