acquisition of wealth

Gary Hoag: The Acquisition of Wealth – Francis Wayland

“Wealth is not acquired as many persons suppose, by fortunate speculation and splendid enterprises, but by the daily practice of industry, frugality, and economy; he who relies upon these means will rarely be found destitute, and he who relies upon any other, will generally become bankrupt.”

Francis Wayland (1796-1865) minister, educator, social reformer in Day’s Collacon compiled and arranged by Edward Parsons Day (New York: IPPO, 1884) 1013.

Ironic, isn’t it, that the world’s way of thinking with regard to wealth, leaves everyone trying to get rich quick and most everyone ends up bankrupt. Look at our society. The negative savings rate proclaims that we are collectively broke. Is there another path? If we look into God’s Word, we find God gives us the ability to produce wealth (cf. Deuteronomy 8:18).

Not all have bought into the world’s lies! Many Christ followers around the globe are doing what the Word says. Through hard work and faithful stewardship, God has filled their homes with good things and caused them to be conduits of blessing, material as well as spiritual! Which path have you chosen? Is it time to make a u-turn? What do you want to model for your children and grandchildren?

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