In my experience, this one is quoted quite often but rarely walked out. I’m sure even non-Christians can quote this one.
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. Matthew 6:24 KJV
Was I right?
So exactly what is Mammon anyway? Strong’s indicates:
μαμμωνᾶς mammōnas mam-mo-nas’
Of Chaldee origin (confidence, that is, figuratively wealth, personified); mammonas, that is, avarice (deified): – mammon.
Robert’s Word Picture defines it as:
Mammon is a Chaldee, Syriac, and Punic word like Plutus for the money-god (or devil). The slave of mammon will obey mammon while pretending to obey God.
John Wesley broadens the term:
Mammon – Riches, money; any thing loved or sought, without reference to God.
Albert Barnes say:
It is not known that the Jews ever formally worshipped this idol, but they used the word to denote wealth. The meaning is, ye cannot serve the true God, and at the same time be supremely engaged in obtaining the riches of this world. One must interfere with the other.
Regardless of the actual meaning of mammon, we all know too well we can’t serve two masters. Even when they may both be good things, like a job and a family. So instead of focusing on what mammon is, maybe it would best serve us as Christians to focus our heart, mind, body, and soul on Jesus and let him determine our priorities. No one says it’s easy, that’s for sure, but it is a much more rewarding path to walk down, than one we develop ourselves.