Mt. 10:8 π Lk. 9:58 π Lk. 14:33 π 2 Cor. 4:10 π 2 Cor. 4:11 π Phlp. 3:8 π Col. 1:24
The requirement of the life of a disciple of Jesus is to give, give, give. How much? In direct proportion to all we have received from the infinite giving of God: everything! “Freely you have received, freely give.” ( Mt. 10:8 ) Many times we have tried to confess things into existence while looking for prosperity, but to be a disciple of Jesus, it says in Luke 14:33 , “we must forsake all that we have.” Paul said, “I have suffered the loss of all things” to follow Jesus. ( Phlp. 3:8; top ) It is not how much we give that is a test of our Christianity, but we do not give. Money is the measure of giving for most of us; many feel if we give money we don’t have to give love and compassion, and probably aren’t capable of it.
One teaching says we are “to give in order to get.” Another says we are to expect something in return for our giving. God’s example of love and giving to us is always expressed in His unconditional love and mercy, with absolutely no manipulative devices.
Jesus is our example of giving. He gave all and asks the same of us. God wants to use us the same way He used His own Son, in total obedience. The man or woman who is totally obedient will be in travail more deeply than those who preach about it. Any self-interest on our part as “sold-out” disciples eventually must succumb to God’s daily directions.
Are we prepared to be blamed for the sins of others even though they are still unrepentant? Are we willing to “bear about in the body the dying of Jesus”? ( 2 Cor. 4:10 ) Will we submit to the fact we are here for one purpose, “to fill up that which is lacking of the afflictions of Christ”? ( Col. 1:24 ) Are we willing to fulfill: “For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be manifest in our mortal flesh”? ( 2 Cor. 4:11; top )
This is a very narrow path. Few want it; most prefer a life of ease and comfort, desiring to live in blessings and rejoicings rather than to follow one “who had no place to lay His head,” ( Lk. 9:58; top ), who was the epitome of total giving, by giving all of Himself.
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