Where do the good things in your life come from? Your talents and skills? Your family, home, and job? Did you earn them by working diligently? Is it all by chance?
We enjoy thinking that we earned what we have in our life. We take pride in believing we are the cause of our success and security. However, viewing good things in our life as expected consequences of our efforts couldn’t be further from the truth found in scripture.
“Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.’… Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.” Psalm 16:1-2, 5-6
David begins Psalm 16 by confessing God as his ultimate provider and strength. David considered his relationship with God to be the most important dimension of his life. Since God desired the best for David and provided for his welfare, David understood every blessing, every good thing in his life, was from God. He was thankful and recognized that he was completely reliant on God’s goodness and provision in every way.
Our God is good. He is redeemer and provider. From the smallest of needs to the greatest of feats, our Father is the ultimate giver of good gifts. He is the giver of good gifts because He is good.
In a world that says, “You deserve this!” and “You earned it,” seeing gifts in our life as a direct result of our Father’s grace and love stands in direct contrast. Acknowledging God as good and every good thing coming from Him creates a shift in our hearts. When we make the transition of recognizing good things in our life as a gift from God, a perspective change happens. It results in a more thankful heart with the purpose of stewardship.
Understanding that all good things are gifts from our loving Father prompts the truth that we are only stewards of those gifts. If ultimately every blessing comes from and belongs to our Father, they are only “on loan” to us. We are simply stewards using His provision to bring Him glory.
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace.” 1 Peter 4:10
Our God is doing a good work within us and He has given us gifts to be used to accomplish His work. While here on earth, “our work” is to continue growing to become more like Jesus and helping others to do the same. We have the blessing of using the gifts He’s given to us out of His goodness to accomplish this work.
…being confidant of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6
Take joy in knowing that one day Jesus will return and complete the work of salvation when He returns for us. Take joy in being confidant that we have been given good gifts from our good Father to accomplish His will while here on Earth. Until that glorious day, let us use every good thing we have to bring Him glory!
Director of Spiritual Development / Central Church