Measuring Wealth

Frederick Charrington was the son of a wealthy brewer. Upon finishing school, he entered the world-famed brewery of Charrington, Head and Company, London.

One day when his conscience was talking to him about being in a brewery business, a woman with a little girl went to the establishment and begged her alcoholic husband to give her some money, for the children were without food.

The husband’s only reply was to rush out and knock her and the children down. Frederick, looking up at the door, and seeing his name, “Charrington,” emblazoned in gold, wondered how he could say anything to that man when he helped contribute to their misery.

He said, “I cannot bear it. I will give it up.”

He did, renouncing a family fortune, and gave the balance of his life to fighting drink and spreading the Gospel.

In Luke 12, Christ spoke about the use and misuse of money.

Arne Garborg stated, “It is said that for money you can have everything, but you cannot. You can buy food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; knowledge, but not wisdom; glitter, but not beauty; fun, but not joy; acquaintances, but not friends; servants, but not faithfulness; leisure, but not peace. You can have the husk of everything for money, but not the kernel.”

“Dug from the mountain side, washed in the glen,
Servant am I of the Master of men.
Earn me, I bless you; steal me, I curse you;
Grip me and hold me, a fiend shall possess you.
Lie for me, die for me, covet me, take me,
Angel or devil, I am what you make me.”

“Measure wealth not by the things you have, but by the things you have for which you would not take money.”

Pastor David Arnold
Gulf Coast Worship Center

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