Francis Quarles: Soul’s health

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Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21

“If thou hide thy treasure upon earth, how canst thou expect to find it in heaven? Canst thou hope to be a sharer where thou hast reposed no stock? What thou givest to God’s glory, and thy soul’s health, is laid up in heaven, and is only thine; that alone which thou exchangest or hidest upon earth is lost.”

Francis Quarles (1592-1664) in Day’s Collacon, compiled and arranged by Edward Parsons Day (New York: IPPO, 1884) 938.

Quarles helps us understand a profound idea. Giving contributes to the health of the soul. Think about it. God does not need our money, we need to give it. The more we give, the more we take hold of life.

I get as far as Johannesburg, South Africa, today en route to Cape Town to welcome Gabrielle Fortunato, the new GTP Regional Trainer for Africa. Part of her role is to facilitate generosity trainings.

Imagine the joy of helping remind people what what they hide here they lose and what they share richly will be found in heaven. Pray for fruitful meetings over the next 5 days. Thanks.