Gratitude & Humility: You Didn’t Build That

What do you have that you did not receive?

I’ve had to ask myself that question over and over since I heard C.J. Mahaney preach a sermon on it awhile back.  He asked the question repeatedly, quoting it from 1 Corinthians 4:7.  He demanded that his hearers answer it for themselves.  I answered it, and its been a humbling reminder ever since.

What do you have that you did not receive?

Paul asked the question to undermine the Corinthians’ boastful tendencies, and its meant to do the same for us.  What do you have that you did not receive?  The answer is “nothing.”  Take a quick inventory of all the things for which you can be thankful (children, spouse, job, life, freedom, food, shelter, Bible, church, friends, safety), and ponder the ultimate source of all these things.  It’s not you, it’s not government, it’s God.

Even if there’s a mediating source, or if it’s something that you’ve legimately worked for and earned, it is always, in the final analysis, God who gave it to you.  He gives to all mankind life and breath and everything (Acts 17:25), and he is the one from whom all blessings flow (James 1:17).

So, while it may not be the finest political slogan, it is certainly true of life:  look around, you didn’t build that.

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One Response to Gratitude & Humility: You Didn’t Build That

  1. John says:

    Great point, Matt. Thanks for sharing.

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