Ozark Christian Living

Family Life & Homemaker's Guide

Silver Spoons to Share

November 3

             ““Charge them that are rich in this world ... That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate"  1 Timothy 6:17-18

"... the LORD has entrusted all earthly wealth and possession to us as a stewardship." 

 

There has always been class when it comes to economics.  Go where you will around the globe, and you'll find the haves and the have nots.  "For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good ..."  And like it or not, it is the LORD WHO is the giver of each man's lot; and then ours to better or squander.  The haves may come upon their opulence through the draw of the geographic, industry, frugality, inheritance, or any combination of these.  The latter perhaps find themselves in squalor as well, through no fault of their own, by geography, heritage, or some other circumstance beyond their control.  "And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want."  Others still are guilty of indolence, self-indulgence, apathy, or riotous living of one sort or another.  "For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat."  Though the majority of us, either don't view it this way, or we simply disagree; the LORD has entrusted all earthly wealth and possession to us as a stewardship.  Biblically, there is no wiser investment strategy than the temporal blessing of people's persons, and the eternal welfare of their souls.  "And all that believed were together, and had all things common; and sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need."  The indiscriminate commune approach of the infidels however, is no cousin to the Christian charity commanded of us who know HIM.  "I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the LORD JESUS, how HE said, It is more blessed to give than to receive."  But I will become a giver when my threshold of personal care has been secured.  No you won't! ... giving is first a gift, given of GOD, that you will either open and embrace, or reject and return to SENDER.  "For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not."  You may rest assured that if you have a silver spoon, however it got there, GOD put it in your mouth to share, not to show off.   

"For ye know the grace of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, that, though HE was rich, yet for your sakes HE became poor, that ye through HIS poverty might be rich ... freely ye have received, freely give."


For Love of Country
James McHenry (1753-1816)
(Signature to the U. S. Constitution)
"In vain, without the Bible, we increase penal laws and draw intrenchments around our institutions.  Bibles are strong intrenchments.  Where they abound, men cannot pursue wicked courses, and at the same time enjoy quiet conscience."


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