Give All

19 So he departed from there and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen in front of him, and he was with the twelfth. Elijah passed by him and cast his cloak upon him. 20 And he left the oxen and ran after Elijah and said, “Let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you.” And he said to him, “Go back again, for what have I done to you?” 21 And he returned from following him and took the yoke of oxen and sacrificed them and boiled their flesh with the yokes of the oxen and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he arose and went after Elijah and assisted him. ~ 1 Kings 19:19-21

The Chicken and the Pig were passing a church on a country road, where they saw a sign reading:

Charity meals for the poor, please contribute.

“Sounds like a worthy cause; let’s contribute a ham-and-egg breakfast.” Said the Chicken to the Pig.

“Madam, for you that would be a contribution, for me a total commitment.” Responded the Pig, thoughtfully.

When we follow Jesus, it can’t just be a contribution. It has to be a total commitment. We can’t follow Jesus and follow science because it’s more updated, as well as the Buddhist teachings for zen, or any other teaching. We can only follow one at a time. We can’t follow Jesus as well as other people. There is only one Good Shepherd. There can only be one shepherd leading the sheep. You can only have one God.

When we say we are Christians and we follow Christ, we have to follow Him with everything in us. We have to give Him our all. We can’t give Him a half offering like Cain. We have to give Him our very best. God is a jealous God. Why? We are His bride. If He wasn’t jealous of us cheating on Him with sin, there would be a problem.

Christianity is a relationship. It’s all or nothing.

Peace. Love. Go Forth and Give All.

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