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“But whoso hath the world’s goods, and beholdeth his brother in need, and shutteth up his compassion from him,
how doth the love of God abide in htm?” (1 John 3:17 RV)

In medical circles, it would be unthinkable to have a cure for cancer and not share it with cancer patients throughout
the world. To withhold the cure would betray a callous and inhumane lack of compassion.

The Apostle John paints a parallel picture in the spiritual realm. Here is a man, a professing believer, who has
accumulated a fair amount of wealth. He lives in luxury, comfort and ease. All around him is a world of enormous
spiritual and physical need. Millions throughout the world have never heard the Gospel. They live in darkness,
superstition and hopelessness. Many of them are suffering the ravages of famine, war and natural disaster. The man
of wealth is oblivious to all this need. He is able to block out the moans of a sobbing, suffering humanity. He could
help if he wanted to, but he prefers to hold on to his money.

It is at this point that John drops his bomb. He asks, “How does the love of God abide in him?” The question implies
of course, that the love of God does not dwell in him. And if the love of God does not dwell in him, there is valid
reason for doubting that he is a true believer.

This is very serious. The church today exalts the man of wealth, appoints him to the board of elders, and points him
out to visitors. The sentiment prevails, “It’s nice to see rich Christians.” But John asks, “If he is a real Christian, how
can he hold on to all that surplus wealth when so many are starving for bread?”

It seems to me that this verse forces us to one of two courses of action. On the one hand we can reject the plain
meaning of John’s words, stifle the voice of conscience and condemn the man who dares preach the message. Or
we can receive the word with meekness, use our wealth to meet our brother’s need, and have a conscience void of
offense toward God and man. The believer who is satisfied with a modest standard of living so that everything above
that can go into the work of the Lord can live at peace with God and with his needy brother.
Below is a meditation written, by Mr. William MacDonald. 1917-2007
This week our DVD series with Jabe Nicholson will
continue with
Interdependence: The Spiritual Gifts
At Work.
J. B. Nicholson, Jr. (Jabe)  and his wife
Louise live in Mississippi where they are
involved in a range of gospel efforts and
Bible studies. Jabe was involved in Christian
publishing for many years and has travelled
extensively throughout the world as a Bible
teacher declaring the "unsearchable riches
of Christ." His set of ten DVDs entitled "The
Church: Masterpierce of the Ages" will be
presented during the Fall months at Grace
Bible Chapel during our 11:00 am Family
Bible Hour service. Please join us for this
spiritually powerful presentation each
Sunday morning.