Read: I Corinthians 4:1-8
Text – For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you receive it, why do you boast as though you did not? I Corinthians 4:7
Closely connected to the concept of thanksgiving is that of stewardship. God is the owner of everything. From the beginning, even before time began, God has been giving things to His people. He made the world for them to dwell in. He placed into that world everything that we need and said, “Use it; it is all for you.”
He gave life to every one of us and keeps and protects us every minute. If He were to withdraw His divine help from us but for a moment, we could not exist.
When sin separated us from God He still did not give up on us. He gave us the Savior who gives us forgiveness. He gives us everything that we need and keeps us as His children. What we are and have is a gift of God, and therefore, we are His completely and entirely.
The spirit of thanksgiving should inspire within us the attitude: Since all I have and am is a gift of God, I will use it all to His honor and glory.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, whose gifts and blessings are new to us each morning, help us to see and understand that all things come from You, and that we must always be deeply and sincerely thankful to You and use them so that You are praised and glorified. Amen.
How has prayer helped you? How does your personal prayer time and communal prayer time in worship inform and feed you? Look for more stories of prayer in next week’s Monday Meditation.