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July 9, 2020 - Spiritual debt

It has been said that one measure of a man is not how much he is worth, but rather how much he can borrow, how much he can be trusted with someone else’s money. I feel that the banker’s formula for measuring trust has a direct application to spiritual trust. Just as a banker measures a person’s character, capacity, and capital, so the Lord might measure our character, our capacity, and our spiritual capital (or spiritual reserves) to identify those in whom he might trust the more.

- Elder Robert E. Wells, "The Cs of Spirituality", General Conference, October 1978

Everything we have, everything we do or can do, everything we are is borrowed from the Lord. He has given us all that we have and are. Even if we could pay Him back, serve Him with our whole souls, we would still be unprofitable servants.

The Lord doesn't want to be paid back. Unlike, say, a banker, who wants his money, plus interest. The Lord only asks that we love Him, that we trust Him, and be obedient to Him.

The more we get to know Him, the more we love Him, the more we trust Him, the more He can trust us. And it that way, we pay, or start to, our debt to Him. Christ satisfied the demands of justice for us. It's our turn to do our part.

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