what i keep


Luke 21 “And He said, ‘Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them; for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on.'”

It is not what I put in that matters. It is what I keep.

This is a characteristic of Jesus’ teaching across the board. He expects us to give all of ourselves to Him. After all, He gave all of Himself to us.

Thus He says, “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14

He concludes this teaching on discipleship with “So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.”

I do not know about you, but my habit when I read these sections is to “take them with a grain of salt.” “Surely He did not really mean that literally”, I think.

How interesting that He ended this particular teaching on discipleship with the statement “Therefore, salt is good; but if even salt has become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned? It is useless either for the soil or for the manure pile; it is thrown out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

Sounds like I have the wrong grain of salt. My type of salt just makes me useless.

I think that poor widow though was very salty. And her act of putting in the treasury both of her coins, not just one, which was all she had, made her even saltier.

Jesus was obviously pleased.

“It is what I keep…”

So help me, God!

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