November 09, 2019: SOAP #3628:  Job 34; 1Corinthians 4-6 Scripture:  1Corinthians (NIV) 4:7 For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not? Observation:  These are good questions for people who think they […]

November 09, 2019: SOAP #3628:  Job 34; 1Corinthians 4-6

Scripture:  1Corinthians (NIV) 4:7 For who makes youdifferent from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And ifyou did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?

Observation:  Theseare good questions for people who think they are better than others.  For people who think they have arrived attheir status in life by their own skills. 

Who made each of us different from everyone else?  None other than God. 
What do we have that we did not receive? Nothing.  Either we received it asa gift, or we received the skills to gain what we have. 
So, what reason do we have for boasting? None. 

Application:   Instead,I have every reason to walk humbly. Thanksgiving should be a hallmark of my life.  Serving others with the gifts I have receivedfrom God gives purpose to my days.  And Ishould make myself available to the gifts God has given to others.  Humility is important for passing along whatGod has given me AND for receiving from others what God has given them.

Prayer:   HeavenlyFather, it is for me to walk humbly before you and humbly within the body ofChrist.  Help me dispense your gifts in away that is easy for people to receive. Bless others with the gifts you have placed in me.  Bless me with the gifts you have placed inothers. Amen

Pastor Leon
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