Following Jesus pt 1

Posted: May 16, 2013 by thoughtsfrommyshelf in Thoughts, Writing
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To follow Jesus is to give up the closed fisted grip we have on our resources.  

“Any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple” – Luke 14:33

“If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me” – Matt 19:21

In these two passages Jesus speaks to his followers in general and then to someone in specific. But notice that one of the ways you can easily count yourself out as a follower of Jesus is by not being willing to part with all that you have. Notice that Jesus is not taking simply about money either, He says “renounce all”. That includes giving time, energy, skills and all that we have and could leverage for the mission of Jesus.

Jesus may call you to give generously of your time, skills, and money for his cause and for his mission. He may call you to give everything. Or he may call you to give out of what you can, with a joyful heart. The young rich ruler in Matthew 19 was to sell all that he had and give it to the poor. In another story about a tax collector named Zacchaeus, when he encountered Jesus he restores all the money he has taken from others and gave half of his possessions to the poor.

The call to renounce all things is not a command or demand to go pawn all that you currently have and go to the poor people of the world. But it does mean that everything that we own should be at the disposal of Jesus. We should leverage all that we have to make much of Jesus. Our clenched fist should open up and offer Jesus all that we have so that He would be known.

A lot of times songs drive truths deep into my heart. Matt Papa wrote a song called “Have I forgotten?” and in it he asks the question, “have I forgotten that your hands are pierced, when I hold on to this world?”. Jesus’ command to renounce all that we have is a call to freely part with what we have and follow him.

If Jesus were to budget your money, your time, how you use your gifts and talents, would he find that you itemize things that would make much of you and make life comfortable, or would it make much of Him and show a priority and urgency for mission?

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