Appreciating God’s Gifts

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.

Ephesians 1:3 (King James Version)

Do you realize how blessed you are from God?  Everything that we have; the food we eat, the water we drink, and even the air we breathe are all blessings from the Almighty.  With this in mind, our lives ought to be devoted to worshiping the Lord as a response to all His provision for us.

Unfortunately, praise to the Almighty is almost non-existent in the world.  That is because humanity has taken for granted the everyday blessings of the Lord and has defined them as something  trivial in nature.  What’s even worse is that some people even take the daily provision of God and attributed them to themselves; claiming that it was by their own ability and know how that they have what they have.

There is nothing trivial about the day to day blessings of the Almighty.  What would happen if one day God decided to take away the blessing of the air we breathe?  Life as we know it will cease to exist, since the majority of life on earth depends on oxygen to survive.  With that in mind, we must consider everything from God as something most precious and give thanks for each one.  Even the day to day miracles of God are still miracles regardless.

It is foolish to believe that the things that we have are the result of our hard work.  Where did this ability to work  hard come from?  It did not come from within us; it was something that we had to learn.  We could have only learned how to work by watching the One who is constantly at work in the Universe; the Lord God.  Indeed, even the good work that we accomplish in this world is the result of us observing good from the One who does good all the time.  That is because there is nothing in us that is good apart from God.

With all this in mind, it is time for us to give credit where credit is due.  We must recognize the blessings that our God has given to us and give Him the praise that is due to Him.   We must recognize that everything that we have does not belong to us but belongs to God.

We are not called to just consume the gifts of the Lord, but are commanded to take care of them as His stewards. The role of the steward is to take extreme care in managing the resources given to him by his master.  The resources which the Lord has given to us can be material things, relationships, and even time; and when we use them in a way that reflects the goodness of God to others, then we give honor to the One who gave us these resources.  It is time for us to stop taking for granted the gifts of the Lord and implement them in a way that brings Him honor and praise.  When we live as stewards of God, we appreciate more the day the day mercies of the Almighty and not view them as something trivial.

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