Written by His Grace,
Kevin K. O’Connor
Feb. 9th 2003
Main Thought: To explore the blessings of Whose we are and where we’re going.
Whose are you?
Romans 6 20When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 21What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! 22But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
We’d like to think we are the masters of our own life but we neglect to realize that the breath of Life is from Him and not ourselves. We did not will ourselves into existence and although God has given us the freedom to take our own life even the ability to do that is not of ourselves. The understanding of how to take our own life is not of us. We get so use to God’s blessings we either forget or fail to take the time to realize that we are not our own (though we’d like to think we were).
We truly need to get a hold of why we’re here. It seems that we were born into this world with many gifts, the first one being the gift of life itself. Than from there each one of us has been given various gifts/talents. I think that we don’t spend enough time listening to Him to hear why we’re here and what our purpose is ; Isaiah 51:1 "Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and who seek the LORD : Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn; (Whole Chapter: Isaiah 51 In context: Isaiah 51:1-2) It’s funny how pride in one’s self can grow and consume us. We start out this life totally helpless and dependent and then as God gives us His Grace to grow we began looking at the blessings He’s given us and begin to say “Hey I’m quite special and have special gifts”. We begin to think we’re more than we are and soon this attitude seems to blossom within our teen and young adult years when we’re full of health and vigor. It seems that this same attitude of over self-confidence even has a way of growing within animals especially those we pamper and give much love to.
Love and attention has a way of making us feel special and of course we are to the one who loves us. But the attitude of “hey, I’m something very special and I deserve this attention” begins to consume the one being loved. As I’ve stated before in other thoughts, we have a little miniature pinscher that truly feels this way. In fact, she feels that she’s the only one who should be getting our attention. You know, little does she realizes that we love her just because we chose to. We couldn’t foresee what she would be like, and yet something in our hearts said we wanted to receive her into our home and love her and watch her grow into a mature dog. Penny (her name) didn’t earn our love; we just chose to love her. And yet, she has received all of this love and harbored it within her heart and thinks that now she deserves it. It’s funny how that we as people are so much like that, thinking that because we’ve been given the intellect and health to possibly be blessed within this world financially or socially that we’re pretty special. And yes we are, but not because of our gifts but because He loves us and has chosen to do so. Love ceases to be love if it’s not being given away and so God delights in giving of Himself. And, as the Lord has said in His Word; Acts 20:35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. (Whole Chapter: Acts 20 In context: Acts 20:34-36)
Mostly all of us can relate with this truth and experience the warmth that fills our hearts as we give to those who are less fortunate than ourselves. There is a joy that flows into the heart as it learns how to give of itself. Oh how I wish we wouldn’t grow into that spirit that begins to take that love unto itself just so that it can lay there and ferment and spoil to where the one receiving it begins to think more highly of itself than it should; Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. (Whole Chapter: Romans 12 In context: Romans 12:2-4) We look around our lives and see someone who has been given great wealth, health or social position and think they are something pretty special without realizing that they hold no greater position in the Father’s heart than we do. Each and every one of us is very special in His eyes not because of who we are but because of Who He Is! From His hands all things were created and after He created it said it was very good. He’s the one Who gives more faith in some than others, more health, more wealth, but that doesn’t mean that people hold different positions within His Heart! It’s so sad that our eyes tend to focus on the gifts others have instead of focusing on His Love for each one of us. We truly do stunt our own blessings and the purposes He’s called us to when we do that. We truly do need to take more time out of hectic daily lives and give thanks to the One from Whom all Blessings flow and to Whom they will all return. To God be the Glory, Now and forevermore!
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