Divine Service

A WELL-KNOWN satistician has said, "When fifty-one per cent of the people are headed toward the star of service and are trying to pull the cart, we have prosperity; when they are headed toward the star of selfishness and are trying to ride in the cart, we have depression." It is certainly cause for gratification that so many public men to-day, especially in their talks on business, are urging the idea of service, some of them even going so far as to urge it in terms of the Golden Rule.

The materialist, however, is apt not only to present a limited view of service, but also to forget or ignore the higher idea of reward, letting it be interpreted in terms of money, wages, dividends, profits—all of them material concepts. How could it be otherwise, when he bases his arguments on a belief of intelligent matter? As a result, the so-called human mind's view of service and reward is a very selfish one. It announces that it will do so much work for so much pay, but that it will charge a big price for a piece of work to-day, because the work will be worth nothing to-morrow. It decrees that some work must be paid for, and other work done for nothing; it elects to do what it likes, and to let what it dislikes go undone; or it refuses to work at all, unless someone is at hand to direct each move. Thus the so-called human mind makes its own conditions, and deceives itself into believing that its vagaries on the subject of service and reward are governed by a law of material demand and supply. Is it any wonder that arguments based on such mutable premises are not productive of a speedier approach to the standard of the Golden Rule?

God, the Giver of All Good
November 19, 1927

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