Unearned Increment

November 3, 2016

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When King Benjamin was speaking to the people. They all prostrated themselves on the ground and cried out to God because they became aware of their nothingness.


They Realized that everything comes from God and that they were lower than the dust of the earth.

“O how great is the nothingness of the children of men; yea, even they are less than the dust of the earth.”

I was always taught this in church but it was always so abstract to me.

I would pay tithing because after all 100% of it was from God. But I did it mostly out of guilt or because I wanted the blessings not because it was all God’s anyways!

But I’m finally beginning to understand this principle. It actually is all God’s even our breath and heart beat just seems to automatically function not do to anything on our part.


I’ve started to understand this Truth because of a document my good friend shared with me by Hugh Nibley April 20, 1982 titled: Work we Must, but the Lunch is Free

He talks about a concept called “Unearned Increment” which is:

The Increase in the value of land or property without labor or expenditure on the part of the owner.

Meaning the owner did nothing for the increase.

Just for a moment now let’s imagine the earth blows up and all that is left is a small little town of 100 people where you live.

How will you survive in this new world?
Where will you get your cloths?
What about food?
What about something as simple as toilet paper?

You’d be forced to go into the food industry for your career. No need for a resume!

You’ll have to make your own cloths.

Build your own home.

Grow your own food. 

Everything you got would be based on what you physically did. Money would have no value and be worthless.


So if you physically cut wood to heat your home you would be warm but if you didn’t you would be cold.

But where did this wood come from? Who actually caused the wood to grow?

I have a gold wedding ring on my finger that my wife Hiedi bought me when we got married. Someone had to mine this gold from the mountains and make it into a ring.

Who put the gold there in the first place? All we did was extract it from the mountain.

We took what was already there. We didn’t actually produce or make the gold.


Same with Food. We take a seed and plant it but who actually causes it to grow? We don’t.

Everything from the carpet in my home to the plastic dashboard in my truck was all created and produced from the earth by God yet in the past I thought they were mine and that some how I earned it.

If it wasn’t for God I’d have nothing. Literally nothing! I could plant seeds all day long but if God didn’t cause them to grow they wouldn’t.

On the other end of it. I sometimes have looked at wealthy successful people as those to admire and aspire to become like when in fact they are the same as me “Dependent on God!” Whether they recognize it or not.

Even deeper…

In the past I’ve looked at others maybe not as successful as me less then me or maybe not deserving of God’s grace which was all wrong.

We are all at the same level dependent upon God for everything. In a flash it could all be taken from us. This life is but a flash in eternity.

It could all be taken from us and most would curse God.

It’s was mine! You had no right to take it from me! How dare you!

When in fact it was actually all his in the first place. We just borrowed it for a while. We all leave this world just as naked as we came into it and that’s a fact.


Job is a great example in the Old Testament.

God took all that he had. His Family, his career. He even took his health yet Job still continued to acknowledge where it all came from and never stopped thanking God for his blessings.

Am I where Job is at? No. I’ve still got a lot to learn but I’m finally starting to understand that literally everything I have today is from God. Nothing was because of me or what I actually did.

I believe the more i truly acknowledge my nothingness before God and realize everything he’s given me or will give me is from him the more he’ll trust me to do what he says to do with it in the future.

“And after ye have obtained a hope in Christ ye shall obtain riches, if ye seek them; and ye will seek them for the intent to do good—to clothe the naked, and to feed the hungry, and to liberate the captive, and administer relief to the sick and the afflicted.”

Because literally we are all beggars dependant upon God for everything and no one is better than anyone else. We are all just trying to get to the same place.

What is the first and greatest commandment?

“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” (Matt 22:37)

God is Love. We are commanded to love God not for him but for us.

This doesn’t say only if he gives me everything I want. I know this from personal experience. 

All the Best to you and your family!

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