Topic: Mammon and Covetousness
Text: Matthew 6:24 (KJV)
“No man 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”
Money is one thing anyone living in this world encounters and must deal with. The bible also has a lot to say and warn about it. It serves some very useful purposes but also comes with some attendant pitfalls. It has a spirit; it has an allure and it has an influence that can corrupts the undiscerning. Let us examine the word together on this.
1) What is mammon and what does it mean to serve mammon?
(Matt 6:24; Luke 16:13)
2) Is there any connection between mammon and covetousness?
(Luke 16:13; Ephesians 5:5; Colossians 3:5)
3) Highlight some dangers of covetousness and the love of money?
(2 Peter 2:3,15; Jude 1:11; 1 Timothy 6:8-10; Proverbs 15:27)
4) What does it mean to ‘make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness’?
5) How should a believer view and relate with money?
(Luke 12:15; 1 Tim 6:6-8, 17-18; Matt 6:25-34; Psalms 65:9)
It is supremely important that we allow God’s word to shape our worldview. We must train ourselves to only receive and use the gift but serve only the Giver. We must be on guard that our hearts be not lured away from God, and we must be watchful that we never put our trust in mammon but always on God.