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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Choice must be made between money and God

on Tuesday, 03 December 2019. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Choice must be made  between money and God

To the editor,

“What shall we render unto the Lord for all His benefits toward us?” This question was asked by the Psalmist in Psalm 116:12. As Christians we may ask the same question today. While the answer remains the same, salvation is a free gift given to those who place their faith and thrust in the Lord Jesus Christ. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (Eph.2:8)” There is nothing we can give to pay the debt we owe to Jesus. However, because Christ offered up His life as a substitute for our sin, the Bible teaches that we should offer up sacrifices unto Him-beginning with ourselves.

The apostle Paul writes in Romans 12:1 and tells us to “present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” Reasonable service to me means that it is the least I can do to live for Jesus because He died for me. “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it (Luke 9:23-24).” Someone has said ”One is no fool to give what they cannot keep to gain what they cannot lose.”

Next, we should offer up to God for all His benefit is a sacrifice of praise as we are told in Hebrews 13:15. “By Him let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name.” We show our appreciation to God by the way we live and worship him. “Man’s chief aim is to worship and glorify God.”

Thirdly, let us offer up to God a sacrifice of a life of service to His glory. Again let us look to the word of God. “But to do good” is a sacrifice in which God is well pleased. (Hebrews 13:16) ‘Be ye doers of the Word and not hearers only” is what James writes in Chapter 1 verse 22. “Faith without works is dead (James 2:20). Saving faith is evidenced by works.

Finally, in Hebrews 13:16, the Bible tells us that sacrificial offering of our possessions is well pleasing to God. “But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” Communicate in this verse means to share. Sharing with others God’s blessings on us is what God wants us to do.

So, the scriptures inform us of what we can give to God for all His benefits He has given us through Christ Jesus. The sacrifice of our person, the sacrifice of our praise, the sacrifice of our performance, and the sacrifice of our possessions.

In contrast to offering up ourselves to God in return for His love and grace is disobedience to the word of God. Romans 12:2 tells us “not to be conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

The choice is ours to make.

Carl Redding

Florence

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