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Having Some Trouble With This Scripture

I had a very deep desire to go through Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John recently to truly evaluate what Jesus is saying throughout His ministry. I came across a few passages specifically in Luke that kind of left me speechless as I disected a bit further in what Jesus was saying to His disciples and ultimately the masses that were following Him throughout Judea. 

The verse is in Luke 12:33 and is as follows:

"Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys."

I thought maybe Jesus was simply telling this to a select group of people in this account, but I got to Luke 14:33 and Jesus is saying the same thing to thousands of people.

"So therefore every one of you who does not give up all that he himself possesses, is not able to be My disciple."

What really drove it home for me is when I remembered the account in Antioch in Acts 11:26:

"So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch."

Am I reading this right? From what I am gathering, disciples and Christians are the EXACT SAME THING and Jesus is saying that if I don't sell EVERYTHING I have and give it to the poor then I cannot be a Christian?

Thoughts?

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  • This verse was from Spiritual Visionaries a common forum heard of it. Check it out and see!

  • Jesus is saying give what you have but the things you give must be things that enhance a person spiritually as well as financially. Gifts given to enhance spirituality never lose their value because they are a gift from God that heathens can not tamper with.

  • This is one of the areas where the church went wrong, as a result we are left at the mercy of the secular world.  In Acts we are told that the followers had "All things in common" [Acts 2:44] meaning that they shared all things, not just their faith, but they really did lell everything and gave it to the church.  The church provided for every follower, according to their need, the society was a true communal one, no one actually owning anything, but sharing in the resources of the church.  Those people who had a job or work to go to would give over their wages to the church, Paul himself worked as a tent maker and funded bot his church and his mission through his earnings.

    Today, it is almost impossible to live in such a way, some have tried, and most of them have failed. when even a funeral costs several thousand £/$, we all need to keep something back.  How many today would willingly hand over their earnings to their church and rely on that church to fill their needs and wants.  It is the 'wants' that cause the problems, what would the church decide if a parishioner applied for a home cinema system?  Ask people to 'tithe' their ten percent and some will comply, ask them to hand everything over everything into the hands of the Spirit, and it's a different matter.

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    One has to look at the context in Luke 12. We read of the rich fool who was not generous, and just hording up things but not sharing. God gives to us so we can help others.

    Jesus is teaching a radically different way which His followers should seek to follow, 'Sell your possessions and give to the poor.' - Is Jesus telling us that we should own absolutely nothing? No, of course not, but He is showing us that if we are Christians we should be generous and committed to sharing what we have. We should give willingly and with a heart toward charity – just as Jesus generously laid down His life for us all!! It is an attitude and an approach. 

    Jesus does not expect us to do things that are illogical and give everything you have away. It would even hurt your health to do so.  

    God provides to us so we can give.

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