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28/09/2011

Just the coins in his pocket

John Wesley once gave away 98% of his annual income. I can think I'm doing well when I give anything above 10 per cent!

We live in an easy-credit society that encourages people to live beyond their means. As Christians, we can feel counter-cultural simply by living according to our means, but spending more just because you earn more isn't a kingdom principle.

Wesley, one of the greatest preachers and theologians of the 18th century, was moved by God to consider how much of his income he could give away to the poor. He began to limit his expenses when he was 28 and earning £30 per year. He worked out that he could live on £28, so he gave away £2.

The next year, his income doubled but he continued to live as he had before, giving away £32. Likewise, when his income went up to £90 in the third year, he was still able to live on the same amount and give away the surplus £62.

He hit a peak of £1,400 in one year, yet he gave away all of it except £30.

Wesley died in 1791 at the age of 87. The only money mentioned in his will was the coins found in his pocket.

Challenging, isn’t it?

Reading: Luke 21:1-4
Next Prayer Meeting: Tomorrow at 6.30am at the old Bathing Pool site in St Leonards

Natalie Williams

Posted by Natalie Williams
09:13


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