American Scripture with Steve Farrell
Sometimes when we are doing what is right, and prospering at it, we get full of ourselves, we get to thinking ‘I did it! And alone!” Blinded by our accomplishments, soaringly and seductively self-absorbed, we neglect to see, and so neglect to give credit to whom the credit is truly due.
In the last days of his life, King Benjamin, an ancient American prophet king, who had diligently served his people with all the energy of body and soul for a good many years — yet, remarkably, and take note: without pay, and thus, equally remarkably, without imposing taxes — explained why that when something great has been accomplished that humility and gratitude, not pride, ought to be the order of the day … always:
And behold also, if I, whom ye call your king, who has spent his days in your service, and yet has been in the service of God, do merit any thanks from you, O how you ought to thank your heavenly King!
I say unto you, my brethren, that if you should render all the thanks and praise which your whole soul has power to possess, to that God who has created you, and has kept and preserved you, and has caused that ye should rejoice, and has granted that ye should live in peace one with another—
I say unto you that if ye should serve him who has created you from the beginning, and is preserving you from day to day, by lending you breath, that ye may live and move and do according to your own will, and even supporting you from one moment to another—I say, if ye should serve him with all your whole souls yet ye would be unprofitable servants.
And behold, all that he requires of you is to keep his commandments; and he has promised you that if ye would keep his commandments ye should prosper in the land; and he never doth vary from that which he hath said; therefore, if ye do keep his commandments he doth bless you and prosper you.
And now, in the first place, he hath created you, and granted unto you your lives, for which ye are indebted unto him.
And secondly, he doth require that ye should do as he hath commanded you; for which if ye do, he doth immediately bless you; and therefore he hath paid you. And ye are still indebted unto him, and are, and will be, forever and ever; therefore, of what have ye to boast? (1)
King Benjamin could have, but didn’t brag; and he could have, but didn’t impose oppressive taxes — or any taxes — for his services. He recognized that God gives us all that He has, and does so quietly, without fanfare, asking only for our thanks to be poured out in the privacy of our hearts, and in our closets, and through quiet acts of service to his children, our brothers and sisters.
It was God’s son, Jesus Christ, who showed us the way to such gratitude and humility. He it was who always gave thanks to the Father in humble prayer; he it was who forever acknowledged that all the good that he did he first saw the Father do; he it was who taught that there was only one good master and that He was the Father, and he it was when the hour of his crucifixion was upon him who humbly said to his Father, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” 2
He it was, also, who after healing the sick often required of his recipients, “Go, and tell no man.” 3
1. Mosiah 2: 19-24, Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Christ
2. Matthew 26:39, Holy Bible, King James Version
3. Matthew 8:4, Mark 7:36, Luke 8:56, etc.
Steve Farrell is one of the original pundits at Silver Eddy Award Winner, NewsMax.com (1999-2008), associate professor of political economy at George Wythe University, the author of the highly praised inspirational novel “Dark Rose,” and president of the Latter-day Center for Moral Liberalism.