Sermon Bonus 9.18.16 – Amy on Good Stewardship

Sermon Bonus 9.18.16 – Amy on Good Stewardship

 

On Sunday we completed our Stewardship Series by looking at the much maligned parable the Shrewd  Manager found in Luke 16:1-13. I relied heavily on the sermon of an 18th century Anglican priest John Wesley when I was preparing my message. His sermon on the Gospel passage is called “The Use of Money” and includes the famous maxim, “Gain all you can. Save all you can. Give all you can.”

I encourage you to take a look at Wesley’s sermon. It is a powerful reminder that Christians have been wrestling for generations with what it means to steward the riches of God’s world. I’ve included some of my favorite quotes from Wesley’s sermon. I hope they encourage you to take a closer look at his well-tested words for all followers of Jesus.

Gain all you can

Here we may speak like the children of the world: We meet them on their own ground. And it is our bounden duty to do this: We ought to gain all we can gain, without buying gold too dear, without paying more for it than it is worth.

Gain all you can by honest industry. Use all possible diligence in your calling. Lose no time … And do it as well as possible. Do not sleep or yawn over it: Put your whole strength to the work. Spare no pains. Let nothing be done by halves, or in a slight and careless manner. Let nothing in your business be left undone, if it can be done by labour or patience.

Save all you can

Do not throw the precious talent into the sea: Leave that folly to heathen philosophers. Do not throw it away in idle expenses, which is just the same as throwing it into the sea. Expend no part of it merely to gratify the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eye, or the pride of life.

Do not throw the precious talent into the sea: Leave that folly to heathen philosophers. Do not throw it away in idle expenses, which is just the same as throwing it into the sea. Expend no part of it merely to gratify the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eye, or the pride of life.

Give all you can

But let not any man imagine that he has done anything, barely by going thus far, by “gaining and saving all he can,” if he were to stop here. All this is nothing, if a man go not forward, if he does not point all this at a farther end. Nor, indeed, can a man properly be said to save anything, if he only lays it up. You may as well throw your money into the sea, as bury it in the earth.

Render unto God, not a tenth, not a third, not half, but all that is God’s, be it more or less; by employing all on yourself, your household, the household of faith, and all mankind, in such a manner, that you may give a good account of your stewardship.

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