Permanent or Temporary?
“No one 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.” (Matthew 6:24)
With these clear and penetrating words Jesus makes it clear that no one can serve God and mammon at the same time. Even so, many try to create this impossible balance believing it will all work out in the end. According to Jesus it cannot and will not. It is a waste of time and energy.
God, the source of all that is eternal, is unlimited and permanent. Mammon, the apparent king of the temporary, is limited and temporary. To love mammon is to love an illusion of permanence. To love God is to love the very source of permanence. The one we choose to love and serve is life or death.
Jesus never tells His followers to ignore or avoid the temporary. He tells them to be “as wise as serpents and harmless as doves” as they navigate the temporary while living from the permanent.
We need to learn to love the permanence of God at let that permanence master us. We need to learn the temporary and master it for the glory of God and the good of all.