There are several reasons why God is jealous of mammon (Matthew 6:19-33):
1. Mammon makes the Word not grow perfectly in our hearts.
“And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection” (Luke 8:14).
As long as our hearts are still controlled by Mammon, no matter how much seed of the Words are sown, they will not be able to grow into maturity in our lives. At first maybe we can receive the Word gladly, but Mammon that is growing continually will choke the Word so it can never produce a ripe fruit.
There are many believers who like to hear the Word, but the Word has never lived in them so that their lives do not change significantly and permanently. This happens because the Word has never become their priority in their lives; worries, riches and pleasures of life make believers let go the Word that initially they believe coming from God. That is why God is jealous of Mammon!
2. Mammon makes us want things that are not related to the concerns of God and His kingdom.
“And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, and the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful” (Mark 4:18-19).
Mammon bends our hearts to have other desires, which are not related to the concerns of God and His Kingdom,
“For after all these things do the Gentiles seek” (Matthew 6:32).
We will always look for what we want. If we look what are sought by the nations who do not know God, it means we have the same desires as them.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).
Seeking the Kingdom of God and His righteousness are the main priorities of the people who know God. If we continue to seek what God wants us to look for, then we will get what we are looking for and what we do not seek, that are sought by people who do not know God.
3. Mammon make us manifest sin and evil, not God.
“But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death” (James 1:14-15).
Our desires that are not related to the concerns of God and His Kingdom will drag us into temptation, and if those desires are conceived, they will bring forth sin, and if those sins are ripe, they will bring forth death; that’s how the devil drag us into sin and destruction.
God wants us to manifest Him, but the devil wants us to manifest sin and evil. Our desires that have nothing to do with the concerns of God and His Kingdom will drag us to manifest sin and evil — not God.
Now that we know why God is jealous of mammon then we can align our lives so we can avoid the mammon traps.
Read also: Servant of God Or Servant of Mammon.