(John Wesley, “The Use of Money”, 1872)
Interestingly, our roots as Methodists are in both prosperity and mission. A result of John Wesley’s methodology for living a life in Christ was the wise appropriation and utilization of resources including, of course, money. Through the diligence of work, and the discipline of non-waste, Wesley knew that God’s divine economy of abundance would provide all that is needed for oneself, for one’s family and household, and for others less fortunate … and would do so in abundance. In fact, Wesley’s tenant of “make all you can, save all you can, and give all you can” led to an amazing period of prosperity and growth for Methodist Church members, the Church’s connectional ministries, and the Church as a denomination. I share this not so much as a recipe for personal prosperity, but rather to demonstrate just how much resource has been put in our trust to use wisely and to share.
As we enter into the Fall season and kick-off our new activities and ministries for the coming year, I encourage you to prayerfully consider those talents and resources that you have been blessed with in this life and how they may be used to bring heaven into closer reality for others and ourselves. When I think of who we are, what we are, and whose we are, I become excited and energized by our potential made possible by the abundance already entrusted to us, “For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an [even greater] abundance” (Matthew 25:29, NRSV).
Peace and blessings to you, and may you be a blessing to all you encounter … Pastor Bob