Build Your Reputation with Your Resources

Here’s the lesson: Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. Then, when your earthly possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home.
Luke 16:9 (NLT)
The Lord taught about the power of our possessions. Imagine if you used your wealth to build relationships. Many of the Quakers understood such practices when settling in Pennsylvania, establishing services and organizations that worked towards the greater good of society. Similarly, Richard Allen, founder of the A.M.E. denomination, used his resources to establish the Free African Society (FAS), a non-denominational mutual aid society, which assisted fugitive slaves and new migrants to Philadelphia. The Salvation Army, Goodwill, YMCA and YWCA were all established on Christian beliefs and principles, utilizing volunteer manpower and donated resources to conduct ‘good works.’ We have countless examples of it being done. Our issue is that we must continue the legacy of building a reputation among mankind by using our resources to provide services and support for the poor and the needy.

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One response to “Build Your Reputation with Your Resources”

  1. I like the way you’ve explained this. But other versions make it sound like we are to use unjust means to make friends. YOU’VE SAID THAT IT IS WHAT WE ALREADY HAVE IN POSSESSION THAT IS POWERFUL. Now i understand 🙂 – thanks.

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