Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Value of "ALL"

"All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on" (Luke 21:4).

The rich gave out of what they had. It didn't really cost anything. They didn't have to assess it, and they didn't really miss it. This woman gave out of her poverty- out of her deficiency, her failure, her suffering, her lack and her want. She gave out of the essentials of her existence and well being. She gave her all. She was all in. She held nothing back. Nothing else mattered than living in total surrender, complete trust and uncompromising obedience.

Nothing valuable will ever mean more to you than what you're willing to pay.  Salvation is a "free gift" from God the Father through Jesus Christ.  However, how we receive that and live the fruit of that gift determines the effectiveness that gift will have in our lives.  Giving out of our plenty is doing what we can, still being in control, not really feeling the effects of that cost.  Giving out of our poverty, our deficiency, our lack, is to give out of our desperation.  It's to say, "I'm giving it all to You, because I need all from You.  I am nothing without you!"

This is how God has called you to live your life. You can't try to analyze- just accept! You can't over think- only trust! Living for Jesus will cost you everything. If you don't give everything you haven't really given anything. Choose to be ALL- IN! This is for keeps!


why do you care? said...

I don't believe in god BUT if you can convince me that he's real, try. Why do i dismiss god? Why do you dismiss allah, or Thor, or zeus? Because your god is "only true god." of course.
When you understand why you dismiss all other gods you will understand why i dismiss yours.
oh, yes, convince this email address of its blasphemy and the existence of god. just don't spam me.

Pastor Chris said...

I'm not going to try to convince you. As a Christian, I've seen a lot of other Christians try to do just that, and in the process, they've turned a whole lot of people off. There are a lot of books out there written by people a whole lot smarter than I am that I could recommend to you to read that I've read as well. Evidence that Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell, or my favorites The Case for Christ; The Case for Creation; the Case for a Creator all by Lee Strobel (a former atheist journalist who set out to disprove it all, only to find himself engulfed by a love bigger than he'd ever imagined). As for me, He's changed my life. My goal in life is to introduce as many people to Jesus Christ as I can, because I believe in Him. I'm not going to argue, force down your throat, or be overly aggressive. There's an old saying that I kind of like. It says you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink...but you can make him thirsty enough to want to drink. I guess that's my goal in this blog. I'm not going to force anyone to believe what I believe. I just hope that people will see what I believe God has done in my life, and perhaps it will make them curious, "thirsty" even, for Him to do the same in theirs.

Thank you for your comment!