Sell all your possessions and give to the poor
"Sell what you have and give to the poor." (Lk.12:33)
"If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have, and give to the poor" Mt 19:21
"Be perfect, as your father in heaven is perfect"
Give away all you have, continually, and give what you are paid to the poor.
"Give and you will receive pressed down shaken together and running over." (Lk.6:38)
(desire spiritual blessings, not worldly goods)
Give the poor everything you're not using for the Kingdom.
One may keep anything one is using for the Kingdom, and these Kingdom assets may be quite substantial; however any possessions not being used, (or very soon to be used), for the Father's work should be sold and the proceeds given to the poor.
(Obviously one would tend to keep the set of clothes that they're wearing.)
Don't let the churchmen trick you, selling everything you don't immediately need and giving it to the poor is MANDATORY.
This is a crucial step to " to inherit eternal life." (This is not a salvation test but is crucial to following the Master.)
Case 1. And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? ... You know the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and your mother. And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up. Now when Jesus heard these things, he said to him, You lack one thing: sell all that you have, and distribute to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me." (Lk.18:18-24)
Case 2. Behold, one came to him and said, "Good teacher, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?"
.... if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments."
He said to him, "Which ones?" Jesus said, "'You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not offer false testimony. Honor your father and mother. And, You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
The young man said to him, "All these things I have observed from my youth. What do I still lack?" Jesus said to him, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." (Mt.19:17-21)
Case 3. And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said to him, What is written in the law? how do you read it? And he answering said, You shall love Yah your Elohah with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself. And he said to him, You have answered right: this do, and you shall live". The lawyer then asked him who was his neighbor and Yahshuah told the story of the good Samaritan which concludes with your neighbor is anyone you meet in dire need. Be a good neighbor to those in need." (Luke 10-20-25)
Case 4. "And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?
...Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother... One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me." (Mark 10:17-21)
Some may ask, why did Yahshuah say of Zaccheus, "Today salvation has come to your house." when Zacchaeus only seemed to be giving away 3/4th of his stuff?
The answer is,
(Despite the blasphemous excuses of those many who wish to avoid this point of hard discipleship), yes, our Master does repeatedly command every disciple to sell all he has and give to the poor.
However, as we see from the record, *immediately* giving away every single possession in a mad rush without any sense or strategy is not a criteria for salvation or discipleship. In fact, that would be very poor stewardship.
It takes time to properly sell all your possessions and give to the poor.
Many decisions are involved.
^ What to sell first,
^ to whom to sell it,
^ how much to charge,
^ to whom to give the money
^ What things, starting with the shirt on your back for instance, might the Master want you to keep for a while because you're using it for his work?
^ What prior financial commitments have you made to creditors or to a wife, child, or parents? These must be satisfied.
If our Master had wanted immediate divestiture he would have said, "Give everything you have to the poor." As in, put a sign on your front door saying, "Everything in this house free to the first taker."
He didn't say that, presumably because he wants to be glorified in the way we sell our possessions and give to the poor, not just have a fire sale.
NEXT: Give to every man that asks of you. (Lk.6:30)