What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, has found?…
That workman should do ill who, having built a house with another man's purse, should go about to set up his own name upon the front thereof; and in 's law it was decreed that no workman should set up his name within the body of that building which he made out of another's cost. Thus Christ sets us all at work; it is He that bids us to fast, and pray, and hear, and give alms, etc.; but who is at the cost of all this? whose are all these good works? Surely God's. Man's poverty is so great, that he cannot reach a good thought, much less a good deed; all the materials are from God, the building is His; it is He that paid for it. Give but, therefore, the glory and the honour thereof unto God, and take all the profit to thyself.
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