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Letting Go August 27, 2015
Let's get one thing straight - Jesus is not down on rich people. The rich are recipients of God's grace just as much as are the poor. However, the compelling issue in Luke's telling of the Sermon on the Mount is human selfishness. Jesus is pleading for the hearts of the poor and the rich, and because the grip of selfishness is no respecter of persons, rich or poor, Jesus enjoins upon all who would follow Him a solitary passionate appeal: "Give to everyone who asks of you" (Luke 6:30). He makes no distinctions here about economic categories or financial accumulations. For the poor or the rich or those in between, the injunction is the same: "Give to everyone who ask of you."
Why? Because nothing cuts to the heart of human selfishness - the spirit of clinging to - more radically than the act of giving - the spirit of letting go. I wonder what would happen if we followed that injunction.
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