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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Immeasurable Debt

Portrait of Leo Tolstoy
For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not? (1 Corinthians 4:7).

For gifts from God see 1 Timothy 6:17; Matthew 6:25, 33; Leviticus 26:4; Ephesians 2:8; James 4:6; Proverbs 2:6; James 1:5; Isaiah 42:5).

Where do you find dishonest traders today? Does the punishment still fit the crime? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1294).

If we are honest, what can we possibly claim to have earned all by ourselves? Start with the generous earth we were born upon and the mind we were born with – which we had nothing to do with receiving. Next take all of the tools, knowledge, and advantages that we have from living at this point in history; we earned none of them, not even the revolutionary idea of the wheel. We must never forget that as children we had little or nothing to do with our sustenance – a sustenance that allowed us to grow and develop into adulthood. And in so many ways even as adults we are still dependent upon the generosity and produce of others for our well-being. So we return again to the inescapable conclusion and simple fact that if we do not acknowledge our inestimable debt to others by our thoughts, words, and deeds; and instead selfishly claim that all we have is of our own doing, and act like it – then we are hopelessly inconsiderate and thoroughly dishonest traders who deserve punishment instead of reward – far from being superior, we are among the most deceitful and spurious of men.

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