HOW MUCH IS JESUS WORTH TO YOU?

 

A MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION

So often we ask the question, "HOW MUCH DOES JESUS MEAN TO YOU?"
I'm going to change it a little and ask you quite simply to QUANTIFY THE VALUE OF CHRIST IN YOUR LIFE! My question to you is,

HOW MUCH IS JESUS WORTH TO YOU?

"What a ridiculous question," you may say, "how is it possible to put a value on Jesus?"
To Pilate, his AMBITION meant more, when he was told that if he released Jesus, he would not be Caesar's friend!
To Peter, at the denial, the saving of his OWN SKIN was worth more!
To Ananias and Sapphira in the Book of Acts, their MONEY meant more!
The value put on Jesus by Judas was very obvious - 30 PIECES OF SILVER!

One Friday night in a Club, while selling the War Cry, I met a man who said in no uncertain terms when offered a War Cry, "No way! I go to mass on a Sunday morning, and give my 20p offering, and that's my bit done."
IN OTHER WORDS, THAT MAN WAS SAYING "JESUS CHRIST IS WORTH NO MORE THAN 20p A WEEK TO ME!!!"

HOW ABOUT CHRISTIANS?
The same rule of course applies for the Christian, in what they give to God!

Often in different Corps, I have been so very encouraged by those who have for the first time, begun to pay a cartridge (offering envelope) in a sacrificial way, making it a very tangible part of their commitment.
But sometimes down the years, in so many other corps, I have almost despaired, when I have been writing the weekly offering amounts into the books! Over and over again, I have said to my self,

"CAN THE SAVIOUR REALLY BE WORTH THAT LITTLE TO HIM OR HER?"

So often, I have come across people professing NO FAITH in the pubs, who GIVE MORE every week in the support of God's work, THAN SOME CHRISTIANS GIVE TO THEIR CHURCH! It's true!

Many Churches have of course been teaching the principle of tithing for many years.
It is the BIBLICAL CONCEPT that ten per cent of all we possess, and all we receive day by day, already belongs to God, and therefore it would be ROBBERY to keep it from Him!!
In Malachi 3:8 it says, "Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed Me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed Thee? In tithes and offerings."
He gives us all we have, and Christian teaching, says that surely it is not unreasonable to give God back one tenth! After all, it still leaves us NINE TIMES as much for our own needs!
 
JUST A DREAM?

Just a short time ago, I read of a man who was really quite happy and self-satisfied with his Christian living.
He went to bed and started to dream. He dreamed that God took his weekly offering, multiplied it by ten, and that became his weekly income!!
To his horror, he found he could no longer afford his beautiful home, and had to sell it, along with the car, the television and all the other attributes of modern living which he had taken so much for granted! Why, he couldn't even afford to feed and clothe himself or his family!!
The problem was, he didn't know it was a dream - until he awoke, and immediately decided to re-assess the structure of his giving to God!

I wonder if God really did that with you and me, what difference would it make to our weekly income???

THAT'S THE ACID TEST ON WHAT WE GIVE TO HIM!!
 
"I CAN'T AFFORD TO TITHE! "
Sometimes Christians will say, "But I get so little, I can't afford ten percent!" They forget that ten percent of little is the same proportion as ten percent of a lot! ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURE, THE TEN PERCENT IS MEANT TO BE A MINIMUM, NOT A MAXIMUM! It is only AFTER God has got what is rightly His, that we can think about giving Him an offering!

Christians sometimes blame God for not having a job, or when things are not going well with them financially, and they find they have very little money. Yet even in such circumstances, we must be sure we are being good stewards of the little we have. After all if God cannot trust us with little, how can he trust us with more?
As Jesus said to the faithful stewards in Matthew 25:14-30, "Thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things." We each one, are entrusted by the Lord with our possessions. We must not betray that trust!

There have been times when I have found it unbelievable that some who have been wonderfully converted, and perhaps used to spend a small fortune on drink or cigarettes, give so little to God of the money the Lord has enabled them stop squandering on these things!

Once after preaching on this subject, I was speaking to a man, who although converted, has a drink problem. He told me that the previous weekend, he had gone out and spent 20 at the off-license on alcohol.
I said to him, "And how does that compare with what you gave to God last week? Did you spend more on the things of the devil, than you did in support of the Lord's work? With that in mind, who are you showing means more to you?"
The man was wondering why his life was in such a mess - I think he got the point!!
Oh if such people would only look in their hearts and ask honestly, "HOW MUCH IS JESUS WORTH TO ME??

BEFORE I WAS SAVED, DID I SPEND MORE ON THE THINGS OF THE DEVIL THAN I DO NOW ON THE THINGS OF GOD??"
These kind of questions are not popular, but yet are extremely important. Every Christian must clarify these points to themselves.

THE CHRISTIAN HAS GOT TO ASSESS THEMSELVES CONTINUALLY, in accordance with the light given them in God's Word!

ARE WE UP TO THE TASK?
ARE WE FULFILLING WHAT HE EXPECTS OF US?
CAN HE RELY ON US FOR THE FUTURE?
DOES HE MEAN ENOUGH TO US THAT WE TAKE SERIOUSLY
THE FINANCING OF HIS WORK?
No one else can answer these questions for us!
 
THE ENTHUSIASTIC CHRISTIAN
The world are not going to be impressed if they see no enthusiasm in the Christian!

If they (for example) see football supporters, who have more commitment to their team than we have to Christ - then can we really expect them to take us seriously??

Our Nephew Martin is a keen Glentoran supporter. We have often slept in his bedroom while on holiday. The walls are covered in pictures and posters of his team! On the shelf is a football signed by the team - for which he paid 50 would you believe!
His team had been playing in the European Cup, and he had been looking forward for ages, to going to Russia to see them play - at a cost of over 200. We got a postcard which he sent us from Russia.
You might say, "Obviously he's got plenty of money."
But although he's at times in a temporary job, he has been quite a while unemployed!
TO HIM IT'S A TOP PRIORITY THAT HE SUPPORTS HIS TEAM - SO EVERYTHING ELSE TAKES SECOND PLACE!

Often we speak about the Lord taking first place in our lives, and we forget that this also has to mean financially!
The subject of Christian giving is not a very popular one, and yet it is the responsibility of every Christian minister to preach the Biblical concept!
A tenth of every possession of an Israelite already belonged to God! A tenth of all cattle (Lev.27:32). A tenth of all the produce of the land (Lev.27:30). In those days - that took in everything! In Genesis 28:22, it was looked upon as a just return for all God's blessings to them!
How much more, those of us who have become SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF GOD THROUGH THE PRECIOUS SHED BLOOD OF JESUS!
 
IN CONCLUSION
The amount a person gives to God (proportional of course to their income), can be a very good thermometer of their spiritual lives, for it shows in a very real way HOW MUCH THE LORD IS WORTH TO THEM!
The Lord has given so much for us - I wonder how much we're giving back in response to His wonderful love!
It must cover every part of our lives - TIME, TALENT, and TREASURE! DOES IT?