Matthew 6:24 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.
It takes money to live in this world and our God blesses us with it and even gives us the power to get wealth Deuteronomy 8:18. The accumulation of money and wealth for Kingdom purposes is certainly not evil. It is the wrong attitude toward them that can lead a Christian astray and control the direction of their life instead of God. Jesus addressed the wrong attitude about money to control the direction of our life when He taught on in Matthew 6:24 and mentions two masters: GOD and mammon. A master is one supreme in authority, one who controls, a lord and a God.
Mammon was commonly used to describe riches/money. Mammon was also the name of the pagan god of wealth and prosperity. By using the name of “mammon” opposite God, Jesus was implying money can be a god and even backed by some demonic power. In a master/servant relationship, the master determines the direction of the servant’s life. Who you serve, who your master is, determines the direction of your life.
You can serve God as your Master with your money (in tithing, giving, managing it), but you cannot serve money as your master at the same time. You cannot have it both ways. The direction of your life is either being determined by your love for God or your love for money. That’s why it’s not coincidental you see a connection between money and the working of evil forces in what Paul told Timothy, “the love of money is the root of all evil” (1 Timothy 6:9,10).
If we love money, we will obey what our love of money says and become enslaved to it and come under its control. You’ll come under the evil spiritual forces behind it. That’s why it’s not a coincidence that the Scriptures declare that they who will (crave, desire, hasten) to be rich or love money fall into temptation and a snare and into many foolish and hurtful lusts which are directed by evil forces.
A person’s love for money exposes him to temptations, snares, foolish and hurtful lusts that the evil forces and master god, mammon, uses to control the direction of his life. Paul goes on to say, “But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness 1 Timothy 6:11.
Flee going in that direction and follow another direction from God as your Master which will produce a life of righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience and meekness. We must allow grace to create the proper motivations about money.