A La Carte
Are we allowed to ‘pick’ and ‘choose’ what we want to believe about God? About all He has to say to us in His Word? Can we just pick the parts that suit us well and ignore those that make us feel uncomfortable or call us to change? Is it ok to approach the Christian life like an A La Carte menu?
Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.”
“And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?”
“You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
“Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things. Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything.”
“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.”
“But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.”
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
“Since you excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love for us — I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving.”
“You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich.”
You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”
Scripture quotations marked (NLT) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved. Quotation information.
“One of the greatest impediments to generosity in the human heart is the fear that our gift to someone else means a loss of that gift’s benefit to ourselves. We fear that if we give sacrificially to someone else, we might have to go without ourselves.”
WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES AS TO WHAT "PREVENTS" US FROM GIVING
- WE THINK WE’RE OWNERS.
- WE THINK GOLD IS GREATER THAN GOD.
WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES AS TO WHAT "PROMOTES" GIVING IN US
- THINK UPON JESUS.
- DECIDE TO GIVE.