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Oh To Be Wise Meditations

Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. For they all contributed out of their surplus, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.” And we think that's illustration of sacrificial giving. That is not an illustration of sacrificial giving. It is not a virtue to give everything you have and go home and die. That is not what God ask from you. But that is what the system at the time in the temple asker from her. Jesus condemned this temple and said not one stone would remain on top of each other. This religion that does this is coming down, and it happens even now where people are told to sell there souls to a system of money, even a righteous principle but for a prideful cause. God sat in judgment that day as Christ watched that widow drop her last two coins in a final effort to buy the blessing of God and buy eternal life, because that was what was presented by that scheming system, which was making the people at the top, namely the corrupt Sadducees, fifthly rich at the expense of the people. Any religion that takes advantage of the sick and the poor and the weak comes under divine judgment.

There are no formulas with God and there is no secret formula for the person who follows him. God is a person and not a doctrine. He operates not like a system, not even a theological system, but with all the originality of a truly free and alive person. The realm of God is dangerous and you must enter into it and not just to seek information about it. Your money, your time, your talents, your life should be an offering to God so that you may truly know Him in area of our your life. Give to God your heart and you will find your treasure in Christ. You will want to give your money, your time, your talents, your life to His Gospel. What a shame to make salvation out of religion. There is a design God has woven into the fabric of this world, and if we violate it we cannot hope to find life. Because our hearts have strayed so far from heaven, he's given us the Law as a sort of handrail to help us back from the cliff of sin and death. The goal of Christian discipleship though is the transformed heart; we move from a child who needs the law to the man or woman who is able to live by the Spirit of the law. We should live freely, animated and motivated by God's Spirit. Then you won't feed the compulsions of selfishness. Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Down with made man systems and religions. The word of God is enough for doctrine, and may no one add to it or take away. It is always the poor, the needy, and the sick that end up suffering from highly religious people. Imagine if the grace of God given to us was used properly among one another. The blessing of God and eternal life would be experienced by everyone and not only the few that find it.

Meditate Rom. 3:20


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