Summary: Wesley uses this sermon to outline the proper use of earning, possessions and wealth with a very articulate statement: “Gain all you can, save all you can, give all you can.” He uses this as an opportunity to insist that we are not owners of our assets, but stewards.
- There will be an accounting of our management of resources.
- Money can be bad, but it can also be good. It can become the eyes to the blind and feet to the lame.
- It is one of our highest concerns to know how to use this valuable gift.
1. GAIN ALL YOU CAN
- Without paying more than its worth; or at the expense of life or health
- Without harming our minds
- Lying, cheating, practices that are not in good consciences.
- We must never harm others.
- Not gain more by harming our neighbor’s bodies.
- There are unscrupulous medicine “professionals” and it is clear that they are doing to others what they do not want done in return.
- These ways of gaining money comes at a high price.
- Cautions and restrictions
- Gain all you can by honest industry and diligence
- Make the most of your time
- Work with all your might.
- Do your work as well as possible and in a timely manner.
- Use common sense.
2. SAVE ALL YOU CAN
- Don’t throw your precious gains into the sea
- Don’t waste it on desires of the flesh.
- Don’t waste on desires of the eye such as fine clothing, houses, paintings, decorations gardens.
- Don’t spend to gain the admiration or praise of others.
- When we cater to these desires, they only increase.
- Don’t buy your kids everything and the best of everything.
- Don’t leave the kids money to squander. Don’t set traps.
- Leave your money to the child that knows the value of money.
3. GIVE ALL YOU CAN
- Don’t stop with gaining and saving all you can. You must give all you can.
- The sole ownership of everything rest with God.
- Provide for your basic needs; provide for your family; give the rest to the needy.
- How should you spend upon yourself?
- Am I acting according to my character?
- Am I giving this money in obedience to God’s word?
- Can I offer up this action as a sacrifice to God?
- Do I believe that I will receive a reward for this work at the resurrection?
- If your conscience says that this pleases God then you have no doubt that it is right and good.
- In your living and dying, waste nothing on sin or foolishness for yourself or your children.
- We cannot be wise or faithful stewards without managing the Lord’s goods in this way.
Lead a life worthy of the dignity of your calling.