27 Feb The bill is taken care of
One of the most fascinating and beautiful passages of Scripture to me is Matthew 6:25.
Matthew 6:25 (NKJV)
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?”
I remember that this passage really came alive to me back in 1998 when I was facing dire circumstances. But it is a truth that I need as much today and maybe even more. Back then I was a single young man. Today I am married and have a wife and three children to take care of. Not to mention a fast-growing ministry. It is so easy to feel the pressures of life isn’t it?
If you have to list the things you can be worried about on a daily basis they could easily outweigh all the other things. How could Jesus say “do not worry”? Allow me to answer this question with an illustration: Has someone ever presented you with something that you really wanted and you thought, “I could never afford this.” Only to hear: “it is yours – it is already paid for.” Have you ever experienced the joy and relief of getting something that is already paid for?
My friend, that is exactly why Jesus could tell us to “not worry”. Because He already paid for those things He told us not to worry about. We must also look at the verse before this one because it provides us with context:
Verse 24 says “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.”
I was meditating on this passage when the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart: “is money a master or a tool?” The key to not worrying lies in the answer to this question: Do I serve money or does money serve me?
When you serve something or someone it means that they are your master. A master tells you what to do, when to do it and how to do it. God never intended for His children to be ruled by mammon. Unfortunately, the majority of Christians today are being dictated to by mammon. This spirit is telling them to take the job that pays more money even if it takes them away from their family. Mammon will tell them go to this church “because they don’t speak about money” or go to that church who “doesn’t ask for money” (mammon always causes a big fuss when it gets exposed). The spirit of mammon tells them to give or not give. And so the list goes on.
Mammon will keep you in a perpetual state of worry and fear. It loves to torment God’s precious children! “Mammon makes a wonderful servant, but a terrible master” someone once said. Mammon drives people to accumulate more and more in the hope to be wealthy. But in God’s Kingdom it’s not what we have accumulated that makes us wealthy – it is what we’ve given away!
Do you want to be free from worry today? Know that Jesus has already taken care of your needs on the cross 2 000 years ago! Resist this spirit of mammon that wants to plague your heart with worry and fear (James 4:7). Before you can experience peace in your outward circumstances – you will have to experience peace in your heart. And the only way to attain that is by receiving all that Jesus has paid for.
Let’s confess: Thank you Jesus for paying the price for my freedom. Thank you that I can and will live free from worry and fear. You said that perfect love casts out fear and I know today that You love me perfectly Jesus. Today I submit myself to your kingdom principles. I rebuke and resist the spirit of mammon in my life in the name of Jesus! Today I break free from its grip over my life. I declare that money serves me and I don’t serve money. I am free to be a blessing! In Jesus’ name. Amen.