Heaven’s Compound Interest
December 4, 2011
TODAY'S BIBLE READING:
<![CDATA[As we come to the end of 2011, I write to tell you a story. It is a story of “Heaven’s Compound Interest.” During World War 2 many little girls and boys became homeless. My great-grandmother and great-grandfather helped one such little child. After the war had finished, a daughter of one refugee in London came to the attention of my great-grandparents. She worked hard and showed unusual intelligence. Unfortunately, her father didn’t have the means to send her to university. My great grandparents decided to do it for her. The text from the Bible that came to their mind was from Ecclesiastes — you may remember we studied it this year at College Church — “Cast your bread upon the waters.” They had no particular hope that their investment in this one little child would make much difference. But they felt it was the right thing to do, so they “cast their bread upon the waters.” This child grew up, did well at school, went back to Switzerland and later became the vice-president of a world-renowned international relief organization in Geneva. I only know this story because when I was a child this same family that my great-grandparents had helped made sure that from time to time our little family had a much-needed vacation. I did not know why they were so kind to us until I asked my grandmother about it, and she explained that it was because her parents had “cast their bread upon the waters.” As you come to the end of 2011, look around for opportunities to do the same. College Church invests in hundreds of children every week and for them to continue to receive their “daily bread,” they need all of us to cast our bread upon the waters. If we do, by the law of Heaven’s Compound Interest, it will produce much more in return than ever we could imagine.]]>
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Josh Moody (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is the senior pastor of College Church in Wheaton, IL., president and founder of God Centered Life Ministries, and author of several books including How the Bible Can Change Your Life and John 1-12 For You.
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