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The Enemy of True Benevolence and Proper Gratitude

These systems rely for their financial resources upon public treasuries which are fed out of the taxation of the people. The donor thus becomes not a voluntary giver but a compelled giver. Between him and the beneficiaries of his contribution there is no bond, hence the character building value which attends voluntary responses to the cry of need is lost. He has paid his taxes and is through, experiencing none of the exhilaration of spirit which floods the being of the voluntary donor to the relief of distress.

On the other side the beneficiary of aid paid under the mandate of law is all too likely to forget the sense of gratitude which should well up in the heart of one who receives voluntarily rendered succor. Instead he is all too apt to fall into the habit of thinking that he is getting only what is of personal right his and in that spirit to become demanding and grasping for more and greater bestowals at the expense of a proper sense of thankfulness.

Albert E. Bowen — The Church Welfare Plan, p. 16, 1946

The Truth of Wealth

Inheritances aside, the real reason why few people are rich and most are not, is because those few who are rich use their money to make more money.

Everyone else uses their money to buy beers and Xboxes.

The rich grow their money, everybody else spends their money.

Far more often than many will admit, a rich man is a man who sacrifices his comforts in the present for comforts in the future.

He understands money can be used as a seed.

The rich man eats the apple, saves the seeds, plants them, and has apple trees later on in the year.

The poor man eats the apple and throws away the core, seeds and all.

The Parable of the Sower

On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea. And great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.

Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 

He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

Gospel of Matthew 13:1-9

Now, if that was all Jesus said about it, we might be confused, but our Lord explains this parable just a few verses later.

The Parable of the Sower Explained

“Therefore hear the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the Wicked One [Satan] comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart; this is he who received seed by the wayside. 

But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. 

Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.

But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”

Gospel of Matthew 13: 18-23

Here’s a hint: receive the seed with good ground, and your harvest shall be great.