Sunday, October 02, 2011

Shedd: no merit of our own

Sunday, October 2, 2011
    [Jesus:] “So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’”
    —Luke 17:10 (NIV)
    Our Lord takes the ground that there can be no merit, in the absolute meaning of the word, in the creature before the Creator. No man can perform a service in such an independent, unassisted style and manner, as to make God his debtor... The creature is an absolute debtor to his Creator, and his Creator comes under no obligations to him by anything that he can do.
    ... W. G. T. Shedd (1820-1894), Sermons to the Spiritual Man, New York: C. Scribner’s Sons, 1884, p. 129, 131 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Always, Lord, I am in debt to You.
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