Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. (1 Tim. 6:17-18)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Nothing is lost in God's Economy via Wikipedia

This morning, I read a great little devotional from the book God's Little Devotional Book for Leaders. This is so good, I wanted to share it with you. Here it is:

Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. (Luke 16:10)

When Daniel Webster was just beginning his career as a lawyer, he took a case for a fee of $20. The case turned out to be a very difficult one, and in preparing for it, Webster had to make a trip to Boston, which in itself cost more than Webster was going to earn as a fee. He was determined, however, to do a thorough job on the case and win it, which he did. In retrospect, it seemed like a small case, but at the time, it was a big victory.

Years later, a large company approached Webster on short notice, asking him to undertake a case for which they were willing to pay a very handsome fee - in fact, a fee quite stunning at the time. As Webster reviewed the case, he found that it was almost identical to the one he had researched and won nearly twenty years before for the fee of only $20. He took the case, and just as before, the verdict was in favor of his client.

A familiar phrase holds great truth: "Nothing is lost in God's economy." He uses all our efforts that are motivated by goodwill and a generous and faithful heart. Sometimes the reward is immediate. Sometimes it can take a lifetime, but the reward will most definitely come.

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