is hard to imagine that the son of a slave would be
offered a job at $100,000 a year.
It is even more incredible that the same man
would turn down the offer, but that is exactly what
George Washington Carver did.
Inventor Thomas Edison made the offer.
Henry Ford also tried to persuade Carver to
work for the Ford Motor Company, but Carver was
unimpressed with the offers of money and prestige.
chose rather to live in the South, living in relative
poverty, wearing the same suit for forty years.
He had earlier given up a promising position at
Iowa State University in order to work with Booker T.
Washington in his struggling Tuskegee Institute.
friends argued that he could help his people if he had
all that money, Carver replied, “If I had all
that money, I might FORGET about my people.”
On his tombstone are carved the following
could have added fortune to fame, but caring for
neither, he found happiness and honor in being helpful
to the world.” *
is Another who gave up much more in order to bless the
you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became
that you through His poverty might become rich.”
– 2 Corinthians 8:9
Jesus, “being in very nature God, did not
consider equality with God something to be grasped,
but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a “SERVANT”, being made in human likeness. And being
found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and
became obedient to death-- even death on a cross!”
Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the world (1 John 2:2) because
sin separates man from God (Isaiah 59:1-2) and
condemns man to eternal destruction (Matthew 7:13-14).
Jesus became “poor”
– setting aside the glories of heaven and becoming a
man, a servant, and the sacrifice for sin – so that
WE might become RICH
with spiritual blessings: the
forgiveness of sins and the hope of eternal life
(Ephesians 1:7; Titus 1:2).
will make us “rich” with these spiritual blessings
if we will submit to Him on His terms: placing our
and trust in Him (Acts 16:30-31), turning from sin in repentance
(Acts 17:30-31), confessing
Him before men (Romans 10:9-10), and being baptized
in His name for the forgiveness of our sins (Acts
if we will continue to “walk in the light” of His
Word... He will continue to cleanse us from our
sins and lead us “into an inheritance that can never
perish, spoil or fade, reserved in heaven” for the
faithful child of God (1 Peter 1:4).
His poverty, YOU can be
freed from the poverty of sin and become rich with
eternal, spiritual blessings –IF- you will submit
your life to Jesus.
A. Sargent, Minister
of Christ at Creekwood
Schillinger Rd. S.
Mobile, Alabama 36695
* Gary Chapman, Five
Signs of a Loving Family
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