Obedience Rewarded

The initiative

Many years ago, a young boy of 16 had decided to leave home because his father was too poor to support him any longer. So, the day came…he left home with all his worldly possessions in a bundle dangling from his hand, resolving as he journeyed, to set up in business as a soap maker in New York.


Remembering the last words of his mother and also the godly advice given him by the captain of a canal boat, the youth dedicated his life to God, determining to return to his Maker an honest tithe of every dollar he earned.

The Obedience

So, when his first dollar came in, he dedicated ten cents of it to the Lord. This he continued to do. And the dollars rolled in! Soon this young man became partner in a soap business; and when his partner died a few years later, he became sole owner of the business.

Financial Blessings

The prosperous businessman instructed his bookkeeper to open an account with the Lord and to credit to it one tenth of all his income. The business grew miraculously. The honest businessman now dedicated two-tenths of his earnings; and then three-tenths, four-tenths; and finally, five-tenths. It seemed as if his sales increased in exact proportion to his generosity, so that soon his brand of soap became a household word throughout the world. His name? William Colgate, of the famed Colgate Palmolive Company.

The Lesson

William Colgate learned something others have learned and some have never learned, and it is that God rewards faithfulness and sacrificial giving. It is with the idea that when we do give, God will give us more than we have given. Not only will He give in order to supply our personal needs, but in addition, He will give over and above in order that we might give again: PLEASE NOTE: II Corinthians 9:6-15 (Vs. 8), ‘‘And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.’’ Linda Monserrat~

3 Responses

  1. Jeff says:

    Hi Linda – Enjoyed reading your post, loved the Colgate story! I did not know the story so thanks for sharing it. It’s inspiring to know that someone can start off with very little and then with hard work, perseverance, and faith, turn it into something great. As I read your post I also thought of the scripture that talks about Christ taking the 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish to feed 5,000…he took someone’s lunch and multiplied it! I completely agree that God is moved by people’s faith and obedience and will reward you for it. As a Christian man I have faith and encourage others to trust Him in providing for your needs, but I have to say that sometimes I struggle believing my own words for myself. Wondering if you experience the same. Any suggestions on how to overcome that struggle? Thanks and best wishes.  

  2. Feji ben says:

    Hello there, Thanks for this awesome article it is very interesting and informative too and I know it would be of great help to the public as it has been of help to me…I must say that you have done a great job on this article , according to the Bible obedience is better than sacrifice…so if you want to make it in 2020 obedience is the key

    • Linda Monserrat says:

      Hi there, makes sense. However, obedience is part of sacrifice because, sacrificing isn’t literal as in dying and bleeding. It refers to giving up something that one desires or does that is disobedient. 

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