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A Foul Blot

Updated: Mar 19, 2022

Written by: John Sernaque


CS - Counsels on Stewardship (1940) Chapter 3—Why God Employs Men as His Almoners

A Foul Blot

We should never forget that we are placed on trial in this world, to determine our fitness for the future life. None can enter heaven whose characters are defiled by the foul blot of selfishness. Therefore, God tests us here, by committing to us temporal possessions, that our use of these may show whether we can be entrusted with eternal riches.—The Review and Herald, May 16, 1893. {CS 22.1}

To whom much is given, much is expected. How we use the gifts of God, of which we are merely stewards, will determine our fitness for the future life. God did not create man to live a life of gluttony and selfishness. He created us that one day we can all be joined together into His Royal Family. If you misuse His riches that He entrusts to you, He will call you a wicked and lazy servant, and you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Do not let this happen to you. God will test us all. I pray that we all can live a life of selflessness, demonstrating that we can be entrusted with eternal riches.

Dear God,

We come to You, on our knees, asking for the forgiveness of sin. We are defiled by the foul blot of selfishness and are sorry and humbly repent of our wicked and evil ways. We pray that as You continue to bless us with temporal gifts, that we can show You that we can be trusted to use these gifts to bless others and in spreading Your everlasting gospel to all far and wide. We pray that You grant us strength and courage to continue to labor in Your field. Help us to remain humble in our use of Your gifts and faithful in our giving. Grant us power to carry forward the work of salvation, that it may hasten Your coming, and that we may soon enter into Your heavenly kingdom. We thank you for hearing and answering our prayers, in the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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