John Wesley: Gain all you can, Save all you can, Give all you can

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“You see, then, what it is to ‘make for yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness’ and by what means you may procure, ‘that, when ye fail, they may receive you into the everlasting habitations.’ You see the nature and extent of truly Christian prudence so far as it relates to the use of that great talent money.

Gain all you can, without hurting either yourself or your neighbour, in soul or body, by applying hereto with unintermitted diligence and with all the understanding which God has given you.

Save all you can, by cutting off every expense which serves only to indulge foolish desire, to gratify either the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eye, or the pride of life (cf. I Jn 2:16). Waste nothing, living or dying on sin or folly, whether for yourself or your children. And then give all you can; or in other words, give all you have to God…

Render unto God not a tenth, not a third, not half, but all that is God’s (be it more or less) by employing all on yourself, your household, the household of faith and all mankind, in such a manner that you may have a good account of your stewardship when ye can be no longer stewards; in such a manner as the oracles of God direct, both by general and particular precepts; in such a manner, that whatever ye do may be ‘a sacrifice of sweet-smelling savour to God’ (cf. Lev. 8:21), and that every act may be rewarded in that day when the Lord cometh with all his saints.

John Wesley as cited in John Wesley, ed. by Albert Cook Outler (Oxford: Oxford University Press 1964) 249-250.