From the very words of Jesus in Matthew 6:19-34, we see that one thing that demands our worship service thereby competing with God is Mammon (money or material possession).
Looking closely at what Jesus said in that scripture, we can see that Mammon has such influence on us because of the things we care about.
We are concerned about food, clothing, shelter and other necessities of life which mammon seems to easily provide.
We are tempted to pursue acquisition of as much treasure (mammon) as we can so we can be assured in the secured future such treasure seems to have acquired for us.
This pursuit of laying up material treasure for ourselves and our unborn generation here on earth drives us on a path of Mammon pursuit.
Many times this happens deceptively without us ever realizing that Mammon has become the god we worship.
We will do just anything including compromising our faith to have more of it.
Jesus gave us a clear instructions on how to avoid the trap set by Mammon.
We are to lay up our treasure in heaven where it is truly preserved for our eternal rewards.
This means we are to live our lives by engaging in actions that translate our material possessions to eternal treasures laid up for us as rewards.
We must learn to see mammon as a means to advance the kingdom of God not for laying up treasure here on earth.
If we do this correctly, we will easily reject any opportunity to acquire more mammon which contradicts God’s kingdom principles.
There is a thin line between worshipping mammon and claiming we are using it for kingdom advancement.
Loyalty and obedience to God must guide our choices in our daily mammon dealings.
Focusing on laying up eternal treasures in heaven helps us identify the numerous mammon traps and help us avoid falling into them.
Many who started well have since fallen and are not even aware how deeply they have been trapped.
I pray that God will make our eyes single on laying eternal treasures in heaven so our whole body will be full of light in Jesus name amen.