We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Lending to the Lord

One of my spiritual mentors, Dr. John MacArthur, once told the story of a churchyard in England where a tombstone stands with this inscription: “Here lies a miser who lived for himself, and cared for nothing but gathering wealth; now where he is or how he fares, nobody knows and nobody cares.”

In contrast, Dr. MacArthur shares, there is a plain tombstone at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London with an inscription that reads, “Sacred to the memory of General Charles George Gordon, who at all times and everywhere gave his strength to the weak, his substance to the poor, his sympathy to the suffering, his heart to God.”

What a contrast! If you think about those who have changed the world for the better, you will find their story similar to the latter–they gave for the good of others. They understood the principle that Jesus taught: “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, shall men put into your bosom. For with the same measure you mete, it will be measured to you again” (Luke 6:38).

Solomon understood this truth well when he wrote, in Proverbs 19, “Whoever is generous to the poor lends LORD, and he will repay him for his deed.”

Did you catch that? When we give to the poor, we actually are lending to the Lord! Now that’s a truth worth banking on.

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