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COLUMN: Giving all that you have to the Lord

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By C.L. Glasscock

Luke 21:1-4 says: “And he looked up and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury. And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites. And he said, of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all. For all these have in their abundance cast in unto their offerings of God but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.”
I looked mite up in the dictionary and it defined it as a coin of very small value or a very small sum of money.
As we look at this, even though this poor widow did not give much money, she gave all she had. Now let’s ask ourselves a question: Are we willing to give all we have if God required us to do so? This does not just include money; what about our time? Can we sit around and watch people go to hell and do nothing about it?
I have seen a lot of people make all kinds of excuses for not serving God. Here is a few I have heard: I can’t give all that money, all they do down there is blow money. I make too much money, I can’t afford to tithe. Why them no gooders won’t even work; I know they have five or six little children but they ought to get out and get a job. I can’t help it if these little children do without; anyhow I have made my life right with God and I’m on my way to heaven. Now my neighbor living here close to me, he is living a horrible sinful life, there is no reason to tell him about Jesus because he wouldn’t listen anyway and it might offend him. I can’t go on visitation because someone might slam a door in my face.
Some even think if I drink and get drunk, smoke or commit adultery, I’m still alright and have made it right with God.
If you are hung up in any of these beliefs, let’s go to the word of God and see what it says. Matthew 19:14 says: “But Jesus said suffer little children and forbid them not to come unto me for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
Question: Do we believe Jesus included the poor little children, when he said this?
Galatians 5:19-21 plainly tells us, if we “commit adultery, fornication … idolatry, witchcraft, hatred … murders, drunkenness … [we] shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Some like my articles and some think they are too bold.
Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is quick and powerful and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is the discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”