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LUKE XVI. 9.

Worldly riches are the mammon of this world. Whatever of them are possessed by christians, they hold only as stewards in trust, who are under a solemn charge to so use as not to abuse them, and they are amenable to their Lord for the manner of their stewardship. While possessing them in trust, if we impart them with a liberal hand to relieve the necessities of the poor and suffering, when we fail, or in our turn become poor and needy, we may, relying on our Lord’s assurance expect to be in the same way ourselves relieved, for what measure we mete out to others, shall be meted to us again. “There is that which scattereth and yet increaseth; but to withhold more than is meet, tendeth to poverty.”

Shortly after this parable was spoken, the disciples were driven from their homes, and their property was confiscated, but profiting by the instruction, those of them who had property, while they held an undisputed title, sold it, and laid the proceeds at the apostles’ feet, and when they failed, they were received and supplied from the common provision thus secured. They had all things in common. (See Acts ii. 44-47). We are not directed by our Lord to make a mammon, or god, of riches, or of what we possess of the world’s goods, but make to ourselves friends of it. It can afford us friendly aid in our extremities, and so to use it as to secure the commendation of our Lord, whose stewards only we are, as acting wisely.

Middletown, N. Y.
April 15, 1859.

Elder Gilbert Beebe
Editorials Volume 4
Pages 216 - 217