Theme: Stewardship

So when man finds Jesus, it cost him everything. Jesus has happing, joy, peace, healing, security, eternity. Man marvels at such a pearl and says, “I want this pearl. How much does it cost?”

The seller says, it’s too dear, too costly

But how much?

Well, it’s very expensive

Do you think I could buy it?

It costs everything you have, no more, no less, so anybody can buy it

I’ll buy it!

What do you have? Let’s write it down

I have $10,000 in the bank

Good, $10,000. What else?

I have nothing more. That’s all I have

Have you nothing more?

Well, I have some dollars here in my pocket

How many?

I’ll see: Thirty, forty, fifty, eighty, one hundred, one hundred twenty – one

Hundred twenty dollars

That’s fine. What else do you have?

I have nothing else. That’s all

Where do you live?

I live in my house

The house, too

Then you mean I must live in garage?

Have you a garage, too? That, too. What else?

Do you mean that I must in my car, then?

Have you a car?

I have two

Both become mine. Both car. What else?

Well, you have my house, the garage, the cars, the money, everything

What else?

Are you alone in the world?

No, I have a wife, two children

Your wife and children, too


Yes, everything you have. What else?

I have nothing else, I am left alone now

Oh, you too! Everything becomes mine, wife, children, house, money, cars, everything. And you too. Now you can use all those things here but don’t forget they are mine, as you are. When I need any of the things you are using, you must give them to me because now I am the owner.  

(Juan Carlos Ortiz, “Call to Discipleship”) 1975