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JW’s 3rd & Final Rule for Money Management

November 4, 2016

NOTE: if you haven’t read my blog about rules numbers 1 and 2, please scroll down to Wednesday and Monday here first.

Quick Review:

Earn all you can.

Save all you can.

John Wesley’s third guideline is Give all you can. Don’t stop reading here!

Mr. Wesley’s intent was for us to understand that God gives us the abilities and opportunities to earn all we can, in order to save all we can, so that we can give all we can.

All three fit together. If one’s missing, the picture’s incomplete.

We’re not called to hoard our monetary resources.

We’re called to share God’s good gifts.

Of all the ways of explaining and grasping this, my favorite comes from Israeli geography. Don’t stop reading here, either!

There are two major bodies of water in Israel. One is the Sea of Galilee, also known as the Galilean Lake. It’s teeming with life, as is the lush countryside around it.

The other is the Dead Sea. It stinks; it literally smells like rotten eggs, and that’s on a good day. Apparently I was there on a bad day. All around it is desert. It’s well named: the Dead Sea.

But the biggest difference between them is that water flows into the Sea of Galilee, and then out. That water flows to — you guessed it — the Dead Sea. Where it goes nowhere. It just sits there and stinks.

Money’s like that. As Dolly Levi says in the musical with her name in the title, “Money, pardon the expression, is like manure. It’s not worth a thing unless it’s spread around, encouraging young things to grow.”

Earn all you can. 

Save all you can.

Give all you can.

The ushers will now take up the offering.

And we’ll get to legacy giving at a later time together.

See you back here tomorrow.


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