John Wesley’s Pound Notes

The great preacher/evangelist John Wesley heard of an associate who was having serious financial problems. Wesley wrote the man a note that quoted Psalm 37:3. The note read:

Dear Sammy,

‘Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.’

Yours affectionately,

John Wesley

Wesley then placed several English pound notes in the envelope and mailed the letter.

A few days later, he received the following reply:

Rev. and Dear Sir:

I have often been struck with the beauty of this passage of Scripture quoted in your letter, but I must confess I never saw such beautiful expository notes as those you enclosed…

Titus 3:8 says: “This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.”

An encouraging word. A heartening phone call. A complimentary email. An uplifting text. A nice Facebook comment. A sweet card. A kind letter. A check mailed. A “$100 handshake.” A meal. A visit. An act of service. These are all “good works” that are “good and profitable to men.”

Someone you know right now needs you to live out Titus 3:8. I have no idea who it is, and I have no idea what God wants you to do for them. But if you will simply open your heart to His will and seek His mind on how to carry that will out, He will make your job clear. “Sammys” are everywhere. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough “John Wesleys” to go around.

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