Meeting Our Obligations

Cain's question, "Am I my brother's keeper?" still calls to us for an answer. But before answering it, we must first consider our obligation to God. In reality, all that we have we owe to our heavenly Father, the Giver of every good gift. Therefore we owe Him an endless debt of gratitude and praise and loving obedience. We should begin paying the debt now, and continue doing so with steadfast fervor and devotion. It is helpful and inspiring to view even the material things we possess, not as owned by us outright, but as evidencing good which we can share with others, and thus glorify our Father which is in heaven. This attitude helps to destroy and confidence.

Thus we find that a better understanding of our obligation to God gives us a clearer view of our responsibility to our brother. We are indeed his keeper. No matter what the outward seeming, our first and continuing obligation to him is to know him as he really is, spiritual, perfect—in truth, God's image and likeness. In the Bible story, in Genesis, Jacob apparently had every reason to fear and hate his brother Esau, whom he had wronged, but after his night of wrestling with false material concepts, terminating in the dawn of spiritual light, he was able to say to his brother, "I have seen thy face, as though I had seen the face of God."

Immortal Prestige
August 24, 1935

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