Theme of the Week: Stewardship
Bible Verse: “…what do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if everything you have is from God, why boast as though it were not a gift?.” 1 Corinthians 4:7
Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 4:1-21
Have you ever had someone claim ownership of something that you paid for with your hard-earned money?
At least once a day, my two-year-old daughter exclaims “that’s mine!”
It’s funny, because she hasn’t worked for any of these things, nor has she paid for them. Everything she “has” was given to her.
Whenever this happens in our home, I am reminded that all of what we own is ours only as a gift from our gracious Father. James tells us that “Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens.”
If we’re not careful, we forget that the things we call “ours” are merely blessings, that we’ve been called to steward for the glory of God. Remembering that it all begins and ends with God helps us hold “our stuff” more loosely and give more freely to those around us.
Your house. Your car. Your savings. All of it is from Him.
Remembering that what we have is from God will also keep us humble and in a child-like posture. Paul reminds us of this in 1 Corinthians 4:7 when he wrote: “…what do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if everything you have is from God, why boast as though it were not a gift?”.
May we not act childish and live as though everything is “mine!” but rather, live child-like in depending on God for our daily provision, recognizing that He will look after all our needs.
Prayer: Dear God, teach me to live as though everything I have is yours. May I hold things loosely but steward them responsibly and generously. Thank you for being a good and generous father.
Reflection: Consider how you’ve mistakenly believed that things were yours. What implications does it mean to consider everything you have as a gift from God? How can you say thank you today?
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