Really, What Do We Have To Be So Stinkin’ Proud Of?

…What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it? ?1 Corinthians 4:7

It seems like the Corinthians forgot a very important principle:?If we have something, it means someone gave it to us.

If there’s food on your table, it didn’t just magically appear there, it’s because Jesus gave it to you. ?”No you see, Mark, I bought that food with my hard earned money I get paid by going to my job every day.”

But who put you in a nation where you could get that job? And who gave you the talent to do that job? ?Who put you in a country where you could be educated for that job? ?Keep tracing it back. Ultimately you’ll see that your talents, your job, your money, and yes, the very food on your table is a gift from God.

If you’re saved, it’s because God chose you before the foundation of the earth, then Jesus purchased your salvation with his blood. Then he sent someone to you to share the gospel with you. Then he opened your ears and heart and granted you faith and repentance.

We don’t want to make the same mistake the Corinthians made and forget where our gifts come from. So let’s remember if we have:

  • Spiritual gifts
  • Natural abilities
  • Success
  • Health
  • Strength
  • Intelligence
  • A good church
  • Spiritual knowledge
  • Friends
  • A loving spouse
  • Children
  • A sense of humor
  • Wealth
  • A home or apartment
  • You get the idea…..

We’ve received them. ?They didn’t originate with us. ?Therefore we have no reason to be proud of our gifts. But we have every reason to glorify God. ?So what spiritual gifts do you have? ?Thank God for them today.

Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness! ?Psalm 115:1

Mark Altrogge

I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.