Eloquence In Few Words

wesley-giving-quoteJohn Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church, was famous for his generosity, for his frugal lifestyle, and for his concern for the poor. In the year 1776 Wesley received a note from the Commissioner of Excise. At that time the British Government imposed a luxury excise tax upon all silver plate (dinnerware, etc.). The Commissioner of Excise claimed that Wesley owned more silver plate than he had declared and paid tax on. Wesley responded curtly but profoundly, “I have two silver spoons at London and two at Bristol. This is all the plate I have at present, and I shall not buy any more while so many round me want bread.” Is it any wonder that Wesley never heard back from The Commissioner of Excise? It’s hard to argue with the eloquence of a Jesus-shaped spirituality.