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The Use of Money

Gain all you can, save all you can, and give all you can.

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From time to time, we like to feature a classic sermon from a celebrated preacher of old. Bill White, a frequent contributor to PreachingToday.com, recently pointed us in the direction of John Wesley's "The Use of Money." Given the current economic climate—and the reasons for such a climate—we thought it was worth our pointing you in its direction as well. Because this is a public domain resource, this sermon is free to all. To help you out, however, we've done a light edit to make the work a little more readable for a contemporary mind. The changes are few, all of which are enclosed in brackets.


[In Luke 16:1-2,] our Lord, having finished the beautiful parable of the Prodigal Son, which he had particularly addressed to those who murmured at his receiving publicans and sinners, adds another relation of a different kind, addressed rather to the children of God. "He said unto his disciples"—not so much to the scribes and Pharisees to whom he had been speaking before—"'There was a certain rich man, who had a steward, and he was accused to him of wasting his goods. And calling him, he said, "Give an account of thy stewardship, for thou canst be no longer steward." After reciting the method which the bad steward used to provide against the day of necessity, our Savior adds, "His lord commended the unjust steward"—namely, in this respect, that he used timely precaution. [And the Lord then] subjoins this weighty reflection [in Luke 16:8]: "The children of this world are wiser in their generation than the children of light."

Those who seek no other portion than this world "are wiser" (not absolutely—for ...

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Money is full as applicable to the best, as to the worst uses.

I. Gain all you can.

II. Save all you can.

III. Give all you can.


can we be either wise or faithful stewards unless we thus manage our Lord's goods?