By God’s grace we can be conduits of God’s infinite love, with our time, our money, and our love. We can be windows for others to God.
Take time just now to consider how God can use all your resources to bring God's love to the world.next >
"Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own?"
Luke 16:10-12next >
This parable reminds me of Oskar Schindler. Oskar was a German industrialist during World War 2. He owned and operated enamelware and munitions factories that supplied the Nazis. His enamelware factory in Karow, Poland, employed 1,750 people, a thousand of whom were Jews.
As Nazi persecution escalated, Schindler shielded his workers, initially just to make money. But as Jews were deported to death camps, Schindler began protecting workers at his own expense. Gradually, he bribed Nazi leaders with black-market luxury gifts to keep his workers safe.
Germany was losing the war and retreating in July 1944. Schindler convinced the leadership to allow him to move his factory to Brunnlitz. This saved his Jewish workers from slaughter in the gas chambers. He prepared a list of 1,200 Jews who moved with him to Brunnlitz in October 1944. There he continued to bribe Nazi officials until the end of WW2 in May 1945. By the end, Schindler spent his entire fortune on behalf of his workers, and saved 1,200 Jews from certain death.
“I tell you,” Jesus said, “use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.”
Michael Useynext >
Open my eyes, O God, that I might do today what you need doing in this world. Tune my ears to the pain around me, that I might use my resources to silence others’ anguish. Amen.next >
Be generous with your time,
And your love
To all those around you.
But get ready to be surprised
By how your generosity is
Made bigger by the exceeding
Generosity of God.
Michael Usey is pastor of College Park, an American Baptist Church in Greensboro, North Carolina. He grew up in San Diego and so speaks fluent Californian. His wife, Ann, teaches English at a Quaker high school. Together they have three wild and wonderful offspring—Nathan (20), Zachariah (18), and Hannah (14), as well as two dogs, Lily & Loki.
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