Our Treasures for God
ye have received, freely give. Matt. 10:8.
All that men receive of God's bounty still belongs to God. Whatever He has
bestowed in the valuable and beautiful things of earth is placed in our hands
to test us, to sound the depths of our love for Him and our appreciation of
His favors. Whether it be the treasures of wealth or of intellect, they are
to be laid, a willing offering, at the feet of Jesus.
His disciples to go "into all the world, and preach the gospel to every
creature," Christ assigned to men the work of extending the knowledge
of His grace. But while some go forth to preach, He calls upon others . .
. for offerings with which to support His cause in the earth.
can make large offerings, not all can do great works, magnificent deeds; but
all can practice self-denial, all can reveal the unselfishness of the Savior.
Some can bring large gifts to the Lord's treasury; others can bring only mites;
but every gift brought in sincerity is accepted by the Lord.
be surprised to see how much could be saved for the cause of God by acts of
self-denial. The small sums saved by deeds of sacrifice will do more for the
upbuilding of the cause of God than larger gifts will accomplish that have
not called for denial of self.
of liberality is the spirit of heaven. Christ's self-sacrificing love is revealed
upon the cross. That man might be saved, He gave all that He had and then
gave Himself. The cross of Christ appeals to the benevolence of every follower
of the blessed Savior. The principle there illustrated is to give, give. .
. . The principle of worldlings is to get, get. . . .
of the gospel shining from the cross of Christ rebukes selfishness. . . .
Many of God's people are in danger of being ensnared by worldliness and covetousness.
They should understand that it is His mercy that multiplies the demands for
their means. . . . He thus makes man the medium through which to distribute
His blessings on earth. God planned the system of beneficence in order that
man might become like his Creator, benevolent and unselfish in character,
and finally be a partaker with Christ of the eternal, glorious reward.
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