We’re attempting to answer the question What exactly are Christians supposed to do? by looking at 50 commands straight from the mouth of Jesus.
We kicked things off with Jesus’ Big 2. He said there are no commands greater than these:
- Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.
- Love your neighbor as yourself.
(Matthew 22:37-40; Mark 12:28-34)
Jesus’ other commands show what it reeeeeally means to love God and others. Today’s featured command: GIVE.
Jesus had plenty to say about this subject:
- Give to Those Who Ask. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. (Matthew 5:42)
- Be Generous. Be generous to the poor. Freely you have received; freely give. (Luke 11:41, Matthew 10:8) (NIV)
- Store Up Treasures in Heaven. Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21, Luke 12:33-34, Mark 10:21)
- Sell Your Stuff. If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me. (Matthew 19:21, Luke 12:33)
- Care for the “Least of These”. Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. (Matthew 25:34-36, 40) (NIV)
- Beware Greed. “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions. (Luke 12:15)
- Invite the Poor, Disabled, Lame and Blind. When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. (Luke 14:12-14)
Do what Jesus says: GIVE.
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