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USING MONEY WISELY.pdf

USING MONEY WISELY.pdf

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BY J. R. MILLER



Money may destroy us. The
love of money is the root of all
evil. There is a way of using
money which makes it a curse.
But there is a way of using money which
makes it a blessing. Christ told of this when
he said, "Make for yourselves purses which
wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that
faileth not, where no thief draweth near,
neither moth destroyeth." That is, there is a
way of using our money by which we shall
lay it up in heaven.
BY J. R. MILLER



Money may destroy us. The
love of money is the root of all
evil. There is a way of using
money which makes it a curse.
But there is a way of using money which
makes it a blessing. Christ told of this when
he said, "Make for yourselves purses which
wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that
faileth not, where no thief draweth near,
neither moth destroyeth." That is, there is a
way of using our money by which we shall
lay it up in heaven.

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USING MONEY WISELYBY J. R. MILLER Money may destroy us. Thelove of money is the root of allevil. There is a way of usingmoney which makes it a curse.But there is a way of using money whichmakes it a blessing. Christ told of this whenhe said, "Make for yourselves purses whichwax not old, a treasure in the heavens thatfaileth not, where no thief draweth near,neither moth destroyeth." That is, there is away of using our money by which we shalllay it up in heaven. This is a wonderfulrevelation — that we can take our riches withus into the other world; or rather, that wecan bank our possessions in heaven, as wego through this world, send our money onin advance, so that when we reach there weshall find all our treasures laid up waitingfor us.In one of our Lord's parables — that of [275]Cfjmgg tfjat Ofrtirorethe rich man and Lazarus — we are told of aman who had not learned the secret.. Onearth the rich man lived in luxury and splen-dor. He was dressed in purple and fine linen.He fared sumptuously every day. That was
 
one scene. But the rich man died. Wealthcannot bribe death. No palace walls canshut out the messenger whom, God sends fora man's soul. The rich man died and wasburied. But that was not the end. Theveil is lifted, and we see him in the otherworld — rich? Oh, no; in torments. He isbeggared now. He has no sumptuous ban-quets. He wears no fine linen. He has nohonor. We hear him craving Abraham tosend Lazarus — who once lay, a beggar, un-helped, at his gates — that he might dip thetip of his finger in water and cool his tongue,to ease his torment. This man had missedthe secret of laying up treasure in heaven.He has treasured up only sorrow for himself.This man teaches us how not to use ourmoney on the earth. He lived only for him-self, to accumulate and to spend in enjoy-[276]U^fjat to 2£o toitf) 0ur ffitonepments and luxuries for his own selfish grati-fication.I fear there are too many men in theseprosperous days who are making the samemistake that Dives made. We are not toldthat he got his money dishonestly. Therewas no taint of fraud or embezzlement onit. So far as we knew, it was not amassedthrough oppression of the poor, through rob-bing of laborers. The man's sin lay in theuse he made of his money.And it was not used in wicked schemes of any kind. Dives was a highly respected gen-
 
tleman, a prosperous citizen. He spent moneyfreely among, the merchants and the trades-people. He was popular in the city. Hewas probably a good Pharisee, orthodox andreligious. There was no taint on his charac-ter. He was honorable in his business and just in all his dealings with his fellow-men.What was wrong with Dives? Why is heshown to us in torment beyond the gate of death? So far as we know it was all becausehe did not use his money in the right way.[277]Cfnttg* tfmt <£ntmreThat is, he used it only for himself. He didnot use it for God. He did not use it to blesshis fellow-men. He used it only for his owngratification. He spent it for luxuries indress and for luxuries on his table. Thebeggar lay by his gate unfed, unhelped. Hu-man misery surged by his doors without re-ceiving any pity. Are there not many menin every community who are living just asDives did? Honest, honorable, respected, withno taint on their business, but living only forthemselves — what sequel to their earthly lifecan they hope for, different from that of Dives? It is not enough that money begotten honestly; after it has been obtainedin the most righteous way it may be so used

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