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SOME OF THE SPIRITUAL VALUES OF LIFE.pdf

SOME OF THE SPIRITUAL VALUES OF LIFE.pdf

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
By Allan B. Philputt

Text. — "Then laid they their hands on them and they received
the Holy Spirit. Now when Simon saw that through the
laying on of the Apostles' hands, the Holy Spirit was
given, he offered them money, saying, Give me this power
that on whomsoever I lay my hands he may receive the
Holy Spirit. But Peter said unto him, Thy silver perish
with thee, because thou hast thought to obtain the gift of
God with money. — Acts 8:17-20.
By Allan B. Philputt

Text. — "Then laid they their hands on them and they received
the Holy Spirit. Now when Simon saw that through the
laying on of the Apostles' hands, the Holy Spirit was
given, he offered them money, saying, Give me this power
that on whomsoever I lay my hands he may receive the
Holy Spirit. But Peter said unto him, Thy silver perish
with thee, because thou hast thought to obtain the gift of
God with money. — Acts 8:17-20.

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SOME OF THE SPIRITUAL VALUES OF LIFEBy Allan B. PhilputtText. — "Then laid they their hands on them and they receivedthe Holy Spirit. ow when Simon saw that through thelaying on of the Apostles' hands, the Holy Spirit wasgiven, he offered them money, saying, Give me this powerthat on whomsoever I lay my hands he may receive theHoly Spirit. But Peter said unto him, Thy silver perishwith thee, because thou hast thought to obtain the gift of God with money. — Acts 8:17-20.THE ew Testament takes a sensible view of money. Itsvalne is not disparaged. Thrift is not condemned. To ac-quire money honestly does no violence to the spirit of theGospel. The poor man and the man of wealth enter the King-dom of Heaven upon precisely the same terms. Each musthumble himself to the dimensions of the needle's eye.Money has its place, a very necessary place in human so-ciety. In its proper place it is nowhere in the ew Testamentcondemned, but praised rather. Jesus recognized in many ohis sayings its value, or at least implied it, though he did notturn aside to acquire it for himself. In the parable of thePounds, and also of the Talents, the pursuit of it is used toillustrate the method of acquiring moral values. The kingdomof heaven is as a merchantman seeking goodly pearls. TheGood Samaritan made a noble use of his money and was highlyset forth for doing so by our Lord. The little company of thedisciples had a treasurer. They went into the city to buybread.It happens that in a few instances Jesus rebuked men'sgreed, and sought to correct their false notions about the rel-ative value of money. From these instances it has been in-349
 
350 THE EW LIVIG PULPITferred by some that Christianity is inimical to thrift, enter-prise, and material acquisition. othing conld be fartherfrom the truth. Instead of despising money the ew Testa-ment stamps it as having even spiritual value. My fatherused to impress upon his boys that they should appreciatethe " value of a dollar." What money he had came hard, asit seems to come with all farmers. When I wanted to go awayto school he was fearful that I would not be economical, thatI would not appreciate the value of a dollar. My father wasright. A dollar has value. It has at the lowest a materialvalue and a young man has no right to recklessly spend it.Dollars must be earned by somebody. The fruit of honest toilis sacred. We boys used to wink at the old men talking somuch about the value of a dollar. Since I have reared afamily and educated children I see their point of view. I havelost my wink.Money has a spiritual value. It is only when one is tryingto make it do what it cannot do, that he runs counter to theteachings of the Master. When men carried on merchandisein the Temple precincts, when they bought and sold in theplace of prayer he used severe measures. When he saw thata rich young ruler was wedded to his possessions aboveeverything else he told him to sell all and give to the poor.This command was not in contempt of wealth. Jesus wouldhave been the last one in the world to unload on the poorsomething inferior and hurtful. It was stamping moneywith spiritual value, for when is wealth so beautiful as whenused to benefit and uplift the poor ?The value of a dollar! Would that all men appreciated it.People spend their dollars for that which is not bread andfor that which satisfieth not. The pulpit should not disdainto speak of these things. See what transmutations the dol-lar may undergo. We pay taxes. Where do we get more forour money? A great free country whose flag is over us all,a city full of light and charm throwing every protection
 
around property, health, and life, affording hospitals for thesick, charity for the poor, education for our children — theseALLA B. PHILPUTT 351are some of the blessings which money brings. Or, supposea man saves his dollars and builds a home. Here his childrengrow up. The memories and traditions of the fireside blessthem all through life. The hearthstone is God's altar, thehome is a temple of his. While dollars alone cannot make ahome, they do make it possible. Think you they have nospiritual value? Has not the home-builder learned the valueof a dollar even as the boy or girl who wishes to turn it intoan opportunity for education? Has money given to the sup-port of a church no spiritual value? o sensible man wouldwant to live in a community that had no church in it — eventhough he never darkened its door himself? I met a manrecently who had given a large sum for missions and hospitalwork in the foreign field. He seemed very happy over it.He considered it a splendid investment. But it will bring himno returns in kind. It is a spiritual use of money. Does notthis man know the value of a dollar?I heard one man in our community, ask another how mucha certain rich man recently deceased, had left. "All he had"facetiously replied the other. If so it were sad. It is a com-mon saying that a man cannot take his money with him. Ithink he can. It were to upset the highest and best theoryof values to say that he cannot. The mother working nightand day to support a fatherless brood surely takes her moneywith her. Mr. Pearson, the Chicago millionaire, who in lifegave away all his fortune for noble uses, surely did not diepoor. Mr. Carnegie has been quoted as saying that it is adisgrace for a man to die rich. Is it not rather a disgracefor a rich man to die poor? That saying of Scripture. "Webrought nothing into this world and it is certain we cancarry nothing out," was not written of the soul.

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