Luke 21:4 How Much Are You Giving?

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

It is very common for the wealthy to give money to charities to help them out. Often it is done out of their excess money and in order to get a tax break later on. It is seldom done in a way that it breaks into the money needed to survive on.

This type of giving is actually often followed by most people, whether they are poor or wealthy.

Jesus had seen a widow give just a few pennies into the offering at a temple. He said that she gave out of her need, giving more than the wealthy.

The practice of giving out of excess wealth is just as common in the church as it is in the world. Many believers give as little as possible, the ten percent or less.

This way of giving is found not only in giving of tithes and offerings, but also in giving others parts of one’s life for God.

Many believers will give just a little bit of their time to prayer or studying God’s word. Often they will give even less to witnessing or discipling others. The giving is done out of their excess time or money, but not what they live on.

From Genesis to Revelation, believers are told to love God with all of their life, not just a part. This means that one is to give all that he is and has to God for God to work with.

As a believer gives everything to God for His work, God will provide all that is needed. The provision can be in food, finances, health, strength, energy, favor and more. The giving believer will never see a lack of what is needed, because he is trusting God in giving everything.

As you give to God of your money, time and efforts, determine how much are you really giving. Are you giving only out of your excess or out of your left overs? Or are you giving it all?

Do not be stingy or selfish in your giving of offerings and services.

Jesus gave all He had to give you life. He laid His life down for you. Be willing to give everything you have for God. See how God will honor that and meet all of your needs in abundant ways.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your savior; that you will know what God gave you; that you will know God’s provision for your life; and that you will give all of your life for God to use.

Luke 20:25 Giving To Caesar

He said to them, “Then give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” Luke 20:25

For centuries taxes have been something that no one really likes, but have to pay. Every nation on earth has some type of taxation upon the people, some pay more, others pay less.

In most nations, if not all, there is a penalty for those who choose to not pay their taxes. Some people fight hard against paying taxes for many different reasons. Most often it is just for selfish reasons, they do not want to give up their money to anyone else.

Some people asked Jesus if it was right to pay taxes to Caesar or not. Jesus simply said to give to Caesar what belonged to him and give to God what belonged to Him.

At the time Jesus said this, Israel was controlled by the Romans, a pagan nation. There were heavy taxes to be paid. Today people still have to pay taxes.

However there are many other things to be given to either the world or to God.

When a person becomes a believer, he is to give his entire life over to God. This means his loves, desires, actions, thoughts….every thing. God is to have complete control of the person.

Instead of giving all to God, many are divided and given a lot of their affections to this world. They chase after the physical things of this world, such as money, material things and sin.

The world can have these things and the believer must be willing to give it to Caesar–Satan–and not hold on to the temporary, death bringing things. The temporary things of this world will never bring true life, but only death.

When the believer gives to God the things that are eternal, he will gain eternal life.

As a believer you must give things every day to either Caesar (the world) or to God. There is no option to not give. However, you can choose who and what you give.

Allow the world to have its sin and death, they do not do you any good. These things only bring separation from God.

Give your life to God. As you give all of yourself to God, He, in return will give you eternal life, something the world neither knows, nor can give.

Allow Caesar to have what belongs to him. Give what matters to God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as Savior; that you will dedicate your life to God; that you will abandon sin to follow God; and that you will seek the eternal things of God.

Mark 10:21 Lacking One Thing

Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Mark 10:21

It is the desire of many to have great wealth, treasures, along with long life. The golden dream is to have it all with eternal life.

People are willing to go to extreme lengths to get these things. For most people, most often wealth is just out of reach and eternal life is impossible to have on their own working. Yet people still seek both.

A wealthy man asked Jesus how to have eternal life. After saying that he followed the basic ten commandments, Jesus told him he still lacked one thing–to follow Him.

All the religions, that are man-made, have many rules on what to do or not do so that one might gain eternal life after death. People desire to earn their own way to eternal life.

This type of thinking is also common inside the church. Many are going to church, reading the bible, following the ten commandments, giving to the poor, but they are still lacking one thing–they are not following Jesus. These things are done to look good or to earn their way into heaven.

Following Jesus means one will give up his past and own ways of doing things. His focus will be to worship God, to be a witness for Jesus and to make and disciple new believers.

Jesus was all about building God’s kingdom. Too many believers focus on self, rather than upon God’s kingdom. They are not really following Jesus, except in word. Saying one is following Jesus is not the same as actually following Him and doing what He is doing and wants done.

Ask yourself what are you doing to gain eternal life?

Do not give up going to church, reading your bible and worshipping God. If fact, continue to do so even more. But, you must also make sure you are following Jesus. Do what Jesus would do, say what Jesus would say, go where Jesus would go, and be like Him in every area of your life.

As you give up your past and own life to God, He will give you an abundant life that will extend into eternal life.

Are you still lacking one thing? Then get it.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will follow Jesus with all of your life; that you will lack nothing in follow God; and that you will do God’s work on this earth.