THEME: IDOL WORSHIP
Matthew 6:24 NIV
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
-There has been great insights, revelations and at the same time controversies about this verse. It is evident that money is important and God wants us to prosper, but the limiting factor is the love of money that leads the heart to despise God. Of-course we cannot discriminate against any just discourse provided about the subject of money as the Lord communicates different messages and in assorted situations, to diverse individuals and groups. 2 Timothy 3:16, reveals that all scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. Jesus in the main verse discloses that it is impossible to serve Him and the same time serve money. Going back to the definitions, an idol is an object or anything that takes the first place of God in our lives, associations, dealings, societies and nation. According this scripture, it is possible to love money and give it prominence in our hearts that it takes the position of God, therefore becoming an idol. Jesus instructed the rich young ruler who kept the Ten Commandments to sell his possessions and give the proceeds to the poor and follow Him so as to have treasures in heaven, but he got extremely sad for he had great wealth (Matthew 19:17-22). He thought he had the money but the money had him. The rich man in Luke 16:19-31 neglected the needs of Lazarus and he was condemned in hell as Lazarus went to heaven. We have seen instances of individuals who have grown in wealth but fail to see the importance of God and other people in their lives. We have also been gradually cultured to believe that it is impossible to operate without practicing corruption in our country. God is calling us to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all other things will be added unto us.
I will bless You Lord at all times; Your praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in You Lord. The humble shall hear of it and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together. I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. You are God and nothing can be compared to You. Nothing can take Your place in our lives and nation, may You deliver us merciful Savior from any form of idolatry. May you forgive us dear Jesus for the times we have idolized money and wealth, and wash us with Your precious blood. Lord You are the one who give us the ability to make wealth, may that ability abound in us, our families and nation. May You bless the work of our hands and prosper us, like You prospered our father Abraham. May You grant us the grace of increase and open new doors of opportunity for us. May You help us to remain meek and humble at heart even as You bless us and our descendants. Lord everything in heaven and on earth belongs to You, may You take all the glory and praise. May You increase in us wisdom and faith, together with our leaders and fellow country men and women, that we may be strong and do exploits according to Your merciful love. May You give us the grace of forgiveness that we forgive one another as You have forgiven us. May You increase in us the grace of love, that we may love You Lord and one another as ourselves. We praise You dear Jesus and worship You now and forever. Amen
Further reading: 1 Timothy 6:10, Luke 16:19-31