1 Cor. 16:1-5 (2)
R. G. LeTourneau, the Christian inventor, businessman and entrepreneur made his mark in the world in an unusual way. His account chronicles a sixth grade dropout who went on to found a University. In 1915, broke and discouraged after numerous failed attempts in life he went to his pastor, Rev. Devol for advice. Expecting to be told that to be a totally committed Christian he would have to become a missionary or a pastor, he was surprised to hear his pastor saying something totally different. Rev. Devol said, God needs business men too!” From that day, R. G. LeTourneau considered his business to be a partnership with God. Even though he was continually in debt he gave generously to the Lord’s work. After the Great Depression, his business began to prosper and eventually he decided to give 90% of his income to God. He liked to put it this way, “It’s not how much of my money I give to God, but how much of God’s money I keep for myself.”
When we come to realize that the penny that we are pinching is not really ours, but God’s, we will be less selfish in our economic practices and more generous in our benevolence. When we come to realize that the dollar that we are stretching is not ours, but God’s, we be more careful of how it is spent and more free to give it to support the work of God.
by Dr. Gayle Woods
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A pilot needs two instruments whether the airplane is large or small. He needs a compass and an artificial horizon. The compass tells which way is north. The artificial horizon, also known as the attitude indicator, is an instrument that the pilot uses to discern the orientation of the airplane in relation to the Earth’s horizon. It indicates the pitch and the bank of the aircraft. While flying in the clouds or through inclement weather the pilot can become disoriented. His mind will suggest a false reality, therefore, he must rely on these two instruments to stay on course and to remain oriented properly.
The only internal compass and attitude indicator the natural man has within is a conscience that is often out of calibration due to misuse and abuse. Those who know Jesus as their personal Savior, however, have the inner promptings of the Holy Spirit and a recalibrated conscience. These two prompt the child of God to please God and to love his neighbor as himself. Obedience to this inner prompting assures unity that cannot otherwise be achieved.
Dr. Gayle Woods