Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
When Jesus came, his message was, Just go ahead and give it all. As born again believers we are bought and paid for, everything we have, everything we are. There is no longer mine and God’s. It’s all His. This has always been God’s standard from the beginning. We are called to live a lifestyle where everything, including our time and money are at God’s disposal. Have you given God everything? He gave you all he has.
Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold…
Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the early church literally sold everything and shared with the people of the church who were in need. We don’t see a lot of this today. The church is full of people suffering in poverty sitting in the pew next to people with multi-million dollar portfolios who pride themselves in giving God a percentage.
This doesn’t mean that we are sinning if we own something or have money in our bank account. This truth, when taken in context of all of scripture, shows us that we have to walk in obedience to God in the matter of our finances. We view our possessions as belonging to God and ourselves as stewards.
James 2:14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.
Giving is a lifestyle. Surrendering everything to God brings us to a place of rest. We are seeking first the Kingdom of God and God himself is supplying and taking care of us. We will be tested and tried in the area of finances, but God will make sure our basic needs are met. This lifestyle God is calling us to is a lifestyle of simplicity. Stop borrowing. Live within your means. My wife and I made a commitment to live a simple lifestyle. It took losing everything we thought we had to make that commitment. I praise God for it. I’ll never put another church in debt. God is our source, not the banker. We can’t help others if we are in bondage.
Pray this prayer: ” God, I surrender everything I am and everything I have to you. My future is yours. My family is yours. You are the Lord of my life and I will obey you completely. If I fall short of this commitment, I will ask your forgiveness and keep serving you. Amen”