Painted on the windshield of a decrepit-looking automobile standing in a used-car lot were the words "Runs good." This grammatical slip brought to the thought of a passer-by a mistake he had often made—that of acting upon the notion that he "runs good." He had frequently planned with great zeal how he might bring about good in his own life or in the lives of others, to that illusion he had virtually set himself up as the one who would create the good and put it into operation. He appointed himself the very engineer of goodness, making himself responsible for it.

Christ Jesus had an answer for those who have the false impression that human beings run good when he said to one who had addressed him as "Good Master" (Matt. 19: 16), "Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God." With gracious humility the Master stepped aside and pointed to God not only as the one source of all goodness, but as actually the only-good there is.

July 12, 1952

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