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Give It All Away! (Treasure – Part 2)

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matthew 6:19-21 NASB)

Matthew and Mark tell us the story of a young man who comes to Jesus. He is commonly known as the rich young ruler – mostly because he was rich and young and a ruler.

You can read the full account in Mark 10:17-31 and Matthew 19:16-30.

~Testimony Time

This story is near and dear to my heart, because it was through this account that I gave my heart and soul to the Lord Jesus Christ. One morning, just before dawn, I was listening to a cassette tape of a sermon by Kim Josephson about this very story.

When he described a young man who acknowledged that Jesus was the “Good Master,” and that he was a law biding young man who could not let go of his stuff, I saw myself in the mirror of the word and was horrified that Jesus walked away, and the young man was not following!

What was the test that this young man failed?

And looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess, and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But at these words his face fell, and he went away grieved, for he was one who owned much property. (Mark 10:21-22 NASB)

I pulled my car over to the side of the road, and asked Jesus to be my Lord, my Boss, my King, my Master from that day forward. Hallelujah!

Now back to our question:

Should I sell all that I have, and give the money to the poor and trust God for my daily bread? (from Mark 10:21 and Matthew 6:11)

In order to answer this, I must take you back to yesterday’s point – What is your perspective? Is it your money, your stuff, your – anything? Or are you managing God’s materials?

This is very telling.

Let’s say, for example, I work for a stock market genius (there is probably no such thing – but let’s pretend here) and he has holdings in stock worth 100,000,000 dollars, from which I am get my upkeep. He pays me to manage the money from day to day. One day I get a call from the boss, and he says sell everything right now.

Do I trust him? Will this one who provides for me and has vast resources provide for me when he puts his new plan in place?

So it is with my heavenly Father. If I trust Him, and He tells me sell it all, and give it away, I know as I follow Him, He will continue to provide for me. Giving away everything that I have does not diminish His holdings or capacity to provide for me in the least! [Tweet This]

If however I decide on my own to sell everything and give it all away, when my Master has not clearly given me this instruction, I might struggle a bit.

When you truly understand that everything you have comes from the Father, and it all belongs to Him. When you ‘get’ that He is the one who has been feeding and housing you all along, it will be an adventure to see where He is taking you next.

So put your seat belts on, keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle and get ready for a great ride.

Thanks for coming by today.

Hope that helps.


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0 thoughts on “Give It All Away! (Treasure – Part 2)

  1. Caddo Veil

    This is going to be really good, Ben--just don't drive too fast! I hope there's going to be a clear revelation involved, as surely I'm not the only one who sometimes gets very excited about "great ideas"--thinking they must be from God--only to crash and burn when reality hits, and then God has to pick me up and dust me off. I'd love to learn how to avoid these experiences, Bro--if that's not too off-topic. Have a blessed day with Him--love, sis Caddo (back in class, front row seat)

    1. Ben Nelson

      Hmm - not sure i can be much help. The great ideas get me every time. I do find that "sleep on it" helps a bunch. Don't get caught up in the emotion of the moment. Much that is done under the name "Spirit" is really manipulation of emotion, and one good night sleep can help. We try not to buy or give anything big without a night to test it with God. It give time for the emotions to give way to the actual Spirit of God.

      Best bet is to know His voice, but with all the noise it is sometimes smart to get away stop and listen in the quite.

      That's just off the cuff, since i am not sure i am going to answer your Q's in class.

      Love you sis - have a great afternoon

  2. Debbie

    This is so good, Ben! You are definitely helping! I gave up my job because I was pretty sure He wanted me to and wanted me to be home for my family. Since then, we have been able to get by on just one income, because He keeps providing for us. (Also I am very thankful for my hubby's hard work!) He's provided scholarships for our oldest daughter's education and health insurance for our youngest special needs girl. 🙂 Over and over again I have thought I needed to find a way to get a job . .and over and over again He has reminded me that He's got us covered!
    God bless you and yours and all you have that is His!

    1. Ben Nelson

      God is sooo good - and so faithful! Great testimony - thank for sharing. I am convinced that every time we share what God has done for us, it creates a pathway for Him to do more for others, and they hear and believe.
      Thanks again for your kind words.

  3. mybroom

    Hey Ben, I'm wondering if the problem with the guy was that He tried to come to Jesus according to His own good works, so on that basis Jesus lifted the bar up to the max - because "all have fallen short" - the only way is to come based on His good works ??? cheers Graeme

    1. Ben Nelson

      that is so right Graeme, And that was me, relying on my good works to carry me to the Father, rather than seeing that He did it all
      I love that Casting Crowns Lyric:

      Not because of who I am
      But because of what You've done
      Not because of what I've done
      But because of who You are

      Good day

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