Mark 12:38-39

The Problem With Having It All

 

Read:

“Beware of the scribes who like . . . and chief seats . . . and places of honor . . .”  Mark 12:38-39

 

Reflect:

The problem with having it all is there is nothing left to want. Life is without challenge or exhilaration. All possessions and opportunities once rare, valuable and inspiring, become common place. Freedom and privilege become a prison. It’s quite possible to have it all and be dissatisfied with life. The only sure way out is rediscovering sacrifice. 

Sacrifice gives life new value. Life is awakened by crossing the border into the land of sacrifice. As long as we remain mired in the shallow superficial we remain caught in the shadowy realm of existence, and we have not yet begun to live. Christ’s way of giving remains a mystery until all our superficiality is stripped away. 

If you believe in Jesus, you are not to spend your life giving only what you can spare. The things we can spare carry no value. However, the things we can’t do without, when sacrificed, have ourselves within them and are alive. Through sacrifice we understand the generosity of God the Father, “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32) The challenge for every believer to give themselves fully in the same way God gave Jesus as a ransom for the world.

Examine yourself to see if there is any spiritual sluggishness and you’ll discover the root of the problem is stinginess. The character of the giver determines the momentum of the gift. If there is sacrifice in the giver, there will be spiritual power in the gift. All our offerings of strength, time and money are defined by the depth of sacrifice.

The overarching principle of sacrifice is love and devotion to the Lord Jesus. It’s only in loyalty to Jesus that we discover how to be a living sacrifice. Oh that “. . . I might know Him . . . and the fellowship of His sufferings, . . .” (Philippians 3:10) As we begin to know Him, the river of sacrifice begins to flow.

 

Respond: 

Have you only given what you can spare?