GIVING TO THE WORK OF THE LORD
What would Jesus say today about people giving their money to the FALSE preachers who work for Satan?
Jesus would react to the moneychangers and false preachers as He did in scripture when He cleared the temple in Matthew 21:12-13.
We are not to give to government controlled tax exempt charitable religious organizations or systems of the world.
Resources are best used to meet the needs of people and used to serve God as lead by the Holy Spirit:
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. (Rom 12:1)
And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living. Mark 12:42-44
The principle of the teaching in Mark 12:42-44 is important.
How many lessons cluster around this unique incident?
The watchful eye which is ever over the treasury of the Lord's temple; the discernment between the gifts that come of "superfluity" are but small in comparison with the abundance left untouched; and the gifts that betoken the penury of the giver, but at the same time declare the entirety with which all his living is devoted to the service of God; and the great Master's principle of judgment.
"Many that were rich cast in much;" one that was "poor" cast in little; yet the one "cast in more than all."
Let not our thoughts leave the Lord's treasury, and let that treasury denote to us whatever is employed for the right ordering of the Lord's worship; all that is expended in charitable works for the benefit of men, whether in ministering to their spiritual or temporal necessities.
The good Lord has Himself chosen to represent works of benevolence shown to the suffering and poor to be works done unto Himself.
All that is thrown into their treasury is thrown into His.
"Inasmuch as ye did it unto one of these my brethren, even these least, ye did it unto me." (Matthew 25:40)
So it comes to pass that both the Lord and the poor - the Lord in heaven and the suffering and needy on earth - make their appeal to our charity for such help as we may be able to give. In responding to this appeal let us measure our gifts:
By the claims of our Lord upon us.
By the necessities of our neighbor.
By the measure of our sympathy with Him and them.
If the claims of Our Lord guide us, what limit shall we put upon our giving?
To Him we owe more than our all. To Him we are indebted for life and breath, and all things; for the bright light of the morn and the cooling shades of eventide; for reason and affection and friendship. The good and perfect gifts of righteousness, of holy hope, of calm faith, of heavenly love, come down from Him. All that is beauteous and bright in life; all that raises us from degradation and need. Ah! the sands on the sea-shore are as little likely to be numbered as the gifts of the Lord's bounty, which lay us under tribute from sheer thankfulness to Him.
But our neighbor's need presents little less impressive claims upon us.
Christian charity needs little labor to find out the suitable channels of its activity.
How greatly has that charity grown and multiplied since the Lord cast the first handful of seed into the warm heart of man.
But the true spring of all charity and the true quality of it is to be found in a perfect unity of interest with men, and a perfect sympathy with the Lord. Perfect unity is our spirit united with the Spirit of Jesus.
True charity is the outflow of the love of God and love of man. It is one of the highest reaches of wisdom to discern the perfect community of interest which every man has with every other. The Lord Jesus saw and did this, but little is it seen or done by us.
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. Luke 6:38
God gives believer's many opportunities to give sacrificially in obedience to Him. Pray and ask God to give you divine appointments and opportunities to be charitable as you reach out to meet the spiritual and temporal or practical needs of people He brings in to your daily life. When you see a need, meet the need as unto the Lord with no strings, conditions that must be met or expectations attached to your giving to others.
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. 1 Corinthians 13:13
And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. Matthew 19:24
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. Matthew 10:8
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This ministry generously supports this website, gives away Bibles, tracts, dvd's, food and meets the needs of individuals as lead by the Holy Spirit.
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