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Others – helping succeed as disciples, Part II

We know Andrew Carnegie gave money to American cities for free libraries.  Did we know that James Anderson’s gift of books to working boys, young Carnegie among them, inspired Carnegie’s later largesse?

That leads to a spiritual principle:  the success of all Christians, not of individual disciples, is the essential factor in discipleship.  If someone achieves public fame, those who remain anonymous, but have empowered him, are as essential to success as he.  Only God knows where the lesser or greater credit is due.

As Edwin Layton wrote in his book And I Was There, enormous good can be done, and equally enormous success achieved, when it doesn’t matter who gets the credit. Christians can’t ignore that point.  If Christianity succeeds, Jesus Christ gets the Glory, not individual Christians.  If an anonymous disciple helps a famous disciple win a victory, Jesus Christ gets the credit, not the famous disciple.

Whatever any of us can do to help another Christian succeed, let’s do it for Jesus.  Then we’ll be fulfilling Philippians 2:3-4:  “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.  Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”  – Fini – 

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Others – helping succeed as disciples, Part 1

We likely know that Andrew Carnegie endowed many American cities and towns with free public libraries.  We may not have heard of Colonel James Anderson, the man chiefly responsible for Carnegie’s generosity.  A retired manufacturer in Allegheny, a suburb of Pittsburgh, Anderson had 400 books in his library.  He wanted to share them with working boys—he had been one as a lad.  Those boys could pick up a book at his house each Saturday.  They could get another when they returned the book a week later.

It proved so popular that, when Anderson’s library grew to 1800 volumes, he established a public library, with a paid librarian in charge.

One rule limited the effect of his largesse.  Only boys known as “bound apprentices” could borrow books.  That eliminated boys who held jobs but weren’t “bound apprentices.”  Among them was Andrew Carnegie, gainfully employed in a telegraph office, but without a contract.  When enough letters of protest reached the librarian, she consulted Anderson, who freed his books to all working boys, including young Carnegie.

Carnegie never forgot Anderson’s generosity.  And chose it as the model for his own free library system.  He erected a monument to Anderson at Allegheny, as so many libraries would build monuments to him in years to come.    – End Part I –

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Apologetics book:  Their Own Best Defense, Volume 2, Part 1 

Books also at www.amazon.com  (Virgil Hurley & Virg Hurley) 

New book:  The Parables of Jesus at www.createspace.com/7164741