EDI­TOR’S IN­TRO­DUC­TION

PRIN­CI­PAL AND IN­TER­EST

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In the course of work­ing on this is­sue, I came across an in­spir­ing story about two great men of God. I’d like to share it with you.

Charles Spur­geon, the fa­mous evan­ge­list, and Ge­orge Müller, the thief-turned-Chris­tian who founded and di­rected five or­phan­ages, both lived in 19th-cen­tury Eng­land.

Once Spur­geon ran a cam­paign to raise the sum of 300 pounds—worth many times that to­day—that was ur­gently needed for the or­phan­age he sup­ported. The night he reached that goal, he went to bed a con­tented man.

But be­fore he could go to sleep, he heard God’s still, small voice: Give those 300 pounds to Ge­orge Müller for his or­phan­ages in Bris­tol.

“But Lord,” Spur­geon protested, “I need that money for my or­phans in Lon­don.” Again he heard, Give those 300 pounds to Ge­orge Müller! Spur­geon wres­tled with the idea for a while, but he fi­nally agreed and went to sleep.

The next morn­ing, he made his way to Ge­orge Müller’s home and was let into the study, where he found him pray­ing. “Ge­orge, God told me to give you these 300 pounds,” he said. “I have just been ask­ing God for that ex­act amount!” Müller ex­claimed. Spur­geon was happy for his friend, but still a bit dis­cour­aged about his own sit­u­a­tion. But when he re­turned to Lon­don, he found a let­ter wait­ing for him on his desk. It con­tained a do­na­tion of 300 guineas (one guinea was worth one pound and one shilling) des­ig­nated for his or­phan­age. “God has re­turned my 300 pounds,” he ex­claimed, “with 300 shillings in­ter­est!”

God works in mys­te­ri­ous ways, and He doesn’t al­ways choose to re­ward giv­ing in ex­actly this way, or in ex­actly the way we’d like or we think we need, but He will not fail to bless our giv­ing.

This is­sue of Ac­ti­vated con­tains ar­ti­cles and tes­ti­monies that il­lus­trate the Chris­tian ap­proach to wealth and pos­ses­sions. I hope you find it en­cour­ag­ing and faith-build­ing.

Sa­muel Keat­ing Ex­ec­u­tive Edi­tor

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