What If We Were Called To Live Like Jesus: which we are

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As Christians we are indeed called to live like Christ, we really are meant to be reflections of Jesus. The
sad thing though is, we have entered so deep into the hustle that life presents to us that we forget that
we are called to live like Jesus and are representatives of God’s kingdom on earth. In Matthew 6:32 the
Bible says “For after all these things do the Gentiles seek: for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye
have need of all these things.” The passage goes on in verse 33 to tell us to “….. seek first the kingdom
of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.” God expects that our lives
as Christians should have a deeper meaning beyond hustling and seeking of things with only earthly
relevance, our heavenly calling is what differentiates us from unbelievers.

Today’s teaching on what if we are called to live like Christ will be focused on Giving. Christianity is
synonymous with giving. At the point of accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we pledged to
give our lives to Him but you see, a lot of us after confessing that totally forget it afterwards. When you
give your life to Christ you have given everything about yourself including your money. God can ask of
things from you at any time. Our life as Christians is built on giving, we give because there is nothing we
have that we did not first receive. From the history of relating with God, giving of our substance has
always been a major part of our relationship with Him and giving is in the quality not the quantity.

The 1st time worship was mentioned in the bible was in relation to sacrificial giving. 1 Chronicles 29:14 is
an example of giving with a knowledge that all we have is indeed given to us by God. The passage says
“But who am I, and what is my people that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for
all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.” In Genesis 22:2-6 we see an example in
Abraham who was willing to give his only son who was given to him anyway to God in sacrifice. The Bible
says “And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the
land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell
thee of. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young
men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went
unto the place of which God had told him. Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw
the place afar off. And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the
lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.” Abraham was willing to give something he
truly loved. This is such a clear example of worship.

The truth is, in actual sense we are only returning a portion of the so many things God has given to us
when we give. Giving is our greatest test of trust. Until you get to a point where you are willing to give
up everything in your possession to God, you really cannot say you trust Him. In 1 Corinthians 4:7 the
bible says “For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not
receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?”, really what do we have
that we did not receive from Him. Today, I encourage you to open your heart to giving because we know
that our God is also a giver and has given us all that we have.


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