We have been talking about the secret to all things. This one secret that Jesus has given to us is the word of God. It is the key to all things. There is a secret for living and getting God’s best for every child of God. God wants you to have his best and nothing Satan does will stop God’s plan from being fulfilled in your life. Our part is to make sure we focus our minds on his plan and agenda. We must therefore position ourselves to see with the eye of faith what God is doing.
Others can live lives from the natural but we Christians need to live from another place. God always lives his people with a word and his word is always the window into what he is doing. God wants to do something in this hour; he wants to showcase the body of Christ to the world which means there needs to be a divine positioning by every believer. This is to bring his children into a place of great affluence, influence and benefit.
Matthew 6:24-33 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. 25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26
Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? 27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30
Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
We see from this scripture that it is impossible to serve God and mammon. Mammon refers to the spirit that is behind materialism. The spirit that influences or distorts the relationship that God’s children have with money and material things. Money and material things are not evil and are a great influence in the hand of God. It does not serve God or his kingdom for his people not to have money or material things. On the contrary, it is costly to God for his people not to be people of means.
We have to come to a place in our lives where it is abnormal for a child of God not to have material means in abundance. It is God that gives us all things richly and freely to enjoy. The child of God being rich serves or profits the kingdom of God more. Tradition has distorted certain terms and for that reason the children of God are not empowered to release their faith and to release their creativity specifically in the area of wealth creation. The truth is that there are certain things that will not happen in your life until you believe God for them. It may be God’s will for you but until you intelligently and deliberately put pressure on the word of God and believe God; the things will not come to pass in your life though they may be yours by right. Just like salvation is the will of God for everybody so also it is with material needs, but except a man knows the will of God by hearing his word, he will not be bold enough to go for it.
There is nothing wrong with money or material things. Mammon is a spirit that is sent from hell to cause the people of God to have a wrong relationship with money and material things. That is when covetousness, greed and all kinds of things come into the picture. If you are going to be very sincere with your life you will have to confess that it costs you money to do almost everything in your life. Life thrives on money and people can devote most of their grown up life exchanging their time, talent, energy, expertise, skills, degree and more for money.
People spend years in school; earn a certificate for their stay and achievement in school, after which they use it to get a job where an employer pays them money in exchange for their time. Notice that the bottom line of living on a day to day basis is money but then when it comes to the things of God, we begin to want to spiritualize everything. You seat down in a well built beautiful church building to listen to good music that money helped make possible. Get delivered from a money phobia. It takes money to get things going.
We are getting deeper and deeper into Matthew 6 which talks about seeking first the kingdom of God. Many get confused about this, because they think seeking his kingdom means going to church seven days a week. That may serve some benefit but it is not the issue. There are more dynamics to seeking his kingdom than we talk about.
Just like you spend money every day, the kingdom of God needs money to function here on earth. So as God blesses you, remember the functioning of God’s house. Money is spent every day to keep the doors of ministry open.
Verse 25 of our main text says, “take no thought”. The actual rendition is take no anxious thought for your life. It is irresponsible for you not to think about your life. The bible did not say you should not think about your future or make plans, but that you should not take a worrisome or anxious thought about your life or how you are going to end up totally disregarding the place of God in your life.