UNLIMITED CAPITAL LOOKING FOR CREATIVE PARTNER
I don’t know whether it’s an urban legend or a fact. But it’s reported that the Woodstock Festival, held in the USA in the late 60’s, which influenced the conscience and the senses of millions of young people around the world, happened because two young men had got a family trust fund and started wondering what to do with all the money.
Their choices were either saving the money—which was a fortune enough to maintain each of them and their future families for their whole lives—, or splurging it as they pleased, or investing in something that could change people.
They finally chose the latter and then put up ads in some American newspapers that read, “Unlimited capital looking for creative partner”.
And, according to this version, that was all!
Hundreds of letters with projects began to arrive. There were some good, gainful projects. However, among so many, there was the Woodstock Festival project. Enthralled by the idea, the young men picked it out. So, they allegedly invested all they had in the project sponsorship. And it did touch the Earth’s core.
As a result from the event and its cultural and spiritual magnitude, the entrepreneurs are said to have made much more money from the Festival and all its derivatives than they had invested, although they didn’t intend it at first.
“Unlimited capital looking for creative partner”: This sentence perfectly translates God’s calling to every human being.
Yes—because the Investor has an Unlimited Capital. The Capital is made up of all kinds of blessings in the heavenly realms. Moreover, He made us into His heirs, gave us the Cross Trust Fund, empowered us with the Resurrection Power, gave us a vision of the upcoming glory, rid us of the fear of our bodily death, and granted us an unlimited warranty that guarantees that all things work together for our good. And we’re only expected to love Him and give ourselves over to a creativity that is stirred by loving God and our neighbor, and that doesn’t fear getting off a certain road in the pursuit of the dream of a better path.
The Gospel is the “ad” that says, “Unlimited capital looking for creative partner”.
Yes—the partner has to be creative, because only a creative partner or coworker will be brave enough to take the risk of faith.
Creativity and foolishness are often confused. By the standards of “normality” and “average”, it’s impossible to look at the men and women of faith who lived before us according to the Bible accounts and don’t see God’s creative “fools” 1 using His Unlimited Capital.
Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Gideon, Samson, David, Jeremiah, Daniel, Zechariah, etc, wouldn’t survive any psychometrical exams. They would be regarded as foolish dreamers, or unbalanced, or excessively mystic, or too primitive.
And what about John the Baptist? And Mary? And Joseph, her husband? And all the apostles who chose death because of their assurance concerning Resurrection? And Paul with his foolish understanding of God’s Grace? And John with his foolish Revelation?
Unlimited Capital looking for fellow worker who is full of faith, hope and love—it’s God’s “ad” for you.
“All this I will give you if you will bow down and worship me”, says the other ad.
God is looking for creative free fellow workers who join Him out of love so that they will receive the capital of Grace to expand all their gifts and talents fearlessly and unlimitedly, always within the boundaries of good, because, in this case, faith, hope and love are the only requirements. And the only limit is that which doesn’t set limits: the love for your neighbor.
The paradox is that when we serve in love we worship God at the same time as we are His fellow workers, partners and friends.
But the one who says “All this I will give you if you will bow down and worship me” wants no partners. He only wants slaves to his adoration. In fact, he doesn’t give us anything but death as a prize for our worship of him; a worship that comes from our love of the power of this world.
It saddens me a lot to see that “God’s partners” neither know His Unlimited Capital nor are creative in faith.
When it comes to God Himself, they—the alleged “God’s partners”—prefer choosing a Limited Capital and a stagnant service. Or else, when they seek an Unlimited Capital they don’t seek it in God, but through schemes of marketing, manipulation, and bargaining for power, according to the devil and his offers (see Matthew 4).
In this way, they become fools from the foolishness of this world and their own ambitions. They’re not the “fools of God”, the creative partners and fellow workers with Grace, let alone God’s friends. In this case, they are either the fearful servants who hide the capital by burying it or the wicked servants who have a megalomania attack and start to ill-treat their fellow servants as we see in Jesus’ parables.
We’re on the brink of a new and terrifying age in the world. More than ever, the heavenly “ad” resounds as an announcement: Unlimited capital looking for creative fellow workers in faith, hope and love!
Last century, Mahatma Gandhi proved that one fragile little person who has faith, hope and love can take down an empire!
Last week, Adriana, Daniel and I had lunch at some friends’ home who also take part in The Way of Grace. We were amazed to learn that they had managed to build with their own hands a beautiful school building, literally with bit by bit of debris, demolitions, and leftovers found on the street and in dumps. They themselves are the faculty of this place of Grace that provides a prize-winning, high-standard teaching.
The announcement is made!
Volunteer. Make a decision. Make sure whether you want to use the Unlimited Capital that is only put into action through faith, hope and love, and makes you a partner of God’s will in the world, in all freedom for you to be according to love, and, moreover, according to the creativity gift that God’s Grace has poured out on you. Or else, your other choice is to live at the whim of the devil, bargaining, and selling your soul.
An Endless Grace is looking for a creative and grateful worshiper!
“Everyone who wants it, come and see!”, the Investor says.
In Him, in Whom we have limitless resources and creativity donated by the Investor Himself,
December 22, 2006.
From the original: “CAPITAL ILIMITADO PROCURA SÓCIO CRIATIVO”
Translated by F. R. Castelo Branco | May 2007
1 See 1 Corinthians 1:21, 25