No one can serve two masters. 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 both God and Money.
The Lord was an incredible teacher. His words were simple yet incredibly profound. He would always come directly to the point, not beating around bushes, to expose and correct our lives. In this passage He is very direct, no one can serve two masters. He taught that a person either served The Lord or they were servants of money. Actually that is just another way of saying that we are either God centered or self centered. To serve money is to serve ourselves. Martin Luther taught powerfully about this verse, here are some of his thoughts.
“Remember what people say about kind and generous individuals: “They are masters of their money.” Money doesn’t control them, unlike a greedy miser who ignores God’s Word and everything else God wants. A miser would rather withhold a helping hand than let go of money. This kind of greed is the mark of tightfisted, childish, and insensitive individuals. That type of person doesn’t put resources to good use or even enjoy them. They ignore eternal treasures for the sake of money. They pursue their own selfish goals and neglect God’s Word, thinking they can get around to it at a more convenient time. Meanwhile, they scramble to get everything they can, without a penny to spare for the work of God. If left unchecked, they will sink deeper and deeper into greed and jealousy, moving further and further away from God’s Word. Eventually their hearts will be filled with cynicism, and they will become enemies of God. So Christ spoke sternly when he said, “Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.” We pursue what we love. We talk about it because that is where our hearts and thoughts are. Augustine came right to the point when he said: “Whatever I love is my god.”
You see its not money that is evil, evil comes out of our hearts. Money is just a tool to function in our world. Its how we do everything we do. How we spend our money is a clear indication of what is in our heart. Actually, that is a great litmus test for our spiritual condition. Where do we spend our resources? Do we care enough about the work of God to invest significant funds into God’s work?
The Lord actually will gift certain people with the ability to generate finances in powerful ways. When these individuals have their minds renewed and actually fall in love with the work of God, they can be powerful instruments to advance God’s kingdom. They can be God’s channel to finance missionaries, churches, Christian rehabs, and a multitude of other powerful ministries. Who knows, maybe God will use you to advance His kingdom with financial resources.