Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Heaven Sent

"A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from above." (John 3:27)

Have you ever paused and taken inventory of all that you actually have? If so, as you were considering it all, did the thought ever enter your mind that it was given to you from heaven?
Even now I invite you to reflect upon your estate, be it great or small, and count the full measure of it as a gift from God. Don't be like those who foolishly say, "My power and the strength of my hands have produced for me this wealth!" (see Deut.8:17).

Jesus said that a man, or woman -- that's you -- can receive nothing, except it be given them from above. Nothing? That just about covers everything, don't you think? We are told, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning" (James 1:17).

God has uniquely gifted you, and specifically blessed you with abilities and opportunities that can help you live your life to the fullest and best in His purposes. But, you can also take these gifts and opportunities and squander them.

The Bible asks, "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?" (1Corinthinas 4:7).

As long as we keep our perspective right regarding the gifts, talents, abilities, resources, and opportunities we possess -- realizing and acknowledging that each and every one of them have been given to us by God -- then humility will mark our character and grace will fill our lives. For God gives grace to the humble.

Do the world a favor -- take inventory of all that you have and, from this day forward, live with a grateful heart and a generous outlook; seeking to serve others with all the Lord has entrusted to you.
And as you journey through life others will say that you were "heaven sent."

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