Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. — Luke 6:38.
He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.— II Cor. 9:6-8.
THE doctrine of Jesus Christ stands out prominently for its practical application in all the affairs of life. It is not alone a religion, in the limited aspect in which that word is used, but a rule of living, doing, thinking, being. Men have not sounded the depths of this most simple guide to success in matters practical as well as ethical. They have separated the religious from the ethical, and the ethical from the common things of bread-winning. These have been classified, and each put in different compartments in the mind, and consequently acted out in the living as separated one from the other. This has led to Sunday religion and week-day license. It has not seemed practical to take the doctrine of Jesus Christ into our counting-houses and market-places, and apply in dollars and cents and pounds and measures the rule, “Give, and it shall be given unto you.”
Business men, and even ministers, tell us that this doctrine is not applicable to our civilization; that we have established customs, commercial, governmental and social, that will not admit of such altruistic methods as those advocated and practiced by Jesus and his apostles. If this be true, either drop the customs or cease claiming to be followers of Jesus.
But it is not true that men cannot apply the doctrine of Jesus to every department of life. It would be a shallow doctrine that could not float the affairs of our civilization successfully, and we know that Jesus Christ put forth no such puny stream.
Why, then, are we not more successful in making this doctrine a practical standard and guide in our daily affairs? Simply because we have not understood the law upon which it is based.
Why, then, are we not more successful in making this doctrine a practical standard and guide in our daily affairs? Simply because we have not understood the law upon which it is based. We have not gone into it deep enough. We have thought that we understood, when we had but a faint inkling. “Do you look on things of the outward appearance?” asked Paul (II Cor. 10:7), and Jesus warned us to “judge not according to the appearance” (John 7:24). That is, do not arrive at a conclusion until you have gone deep into the causes and underlying laws. The things we see outwardly are the effects that have arisen from causes not visible to the senses.
There is an inner and an outer to everything — both mental and material conditions pervade the whole universe. Man slides up and down the gamut from cause to effect at will. The whole race may slide into effect almost unconsciously, and men so identify the senses with it as to lose sight of cause for thousands upon thousands of years. Then comes an awakening, and the introduction into their consciousness of the cause side of existence; for example, as set forth in the doctrine of Jesus Christ.
men do not all at once grasp the great truth that there is a spiritual and a material identity to everything … But a permanent remedy will never be found outside the practical application of the mental laws upon which the doctrine of Jesus Christ rests.
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