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Every Good and Perfect Gift

We hope all of our Kampers and Kamp families had a great Thanksgiving!

 

Last week on the blog, we talked about three ways to show God that we’re grateful for His love. In this season of Thankfulness, it’s important to recognize that all of the blessings in our life are gifts from the Lord.

 

As believers, we know that God is our Creator. But God is not just the Creator of our physical bodies, but of all of our special talents, gifts, skills, interests, and passions. These things that bring us great happiness in life do not come from ourselves. James 1:17 says, “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.”

 

Sometimes, we can get caught up in thinking that we are responsible for our own happiness. We often feel proud of ourselves when we achieve: maybe it’s when we get a good grade on a test, get a promotion at work, or break a school record in our favorite sport. While it’s great to celebrate our hard work, God’s word tells us that these accomplishments aren’t designed to give us satisfaction. All of our talents, skills, and accomplishments are gifts from God designed to bring Him glory!

When we let go of our pride and choose to glorify God over ourselves, we’re living out our purpose as believers. Take a look at this passage from Jeremiah 9:23-24:

 

“Thus says the Lord, ‘Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises loving kindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,’ declares the Lord.”

 

The Lord is delighted when we boast not about how great we are, but about how great He is! When we view this as our truth, our lives start to look a lot different. Every basketball game, band performance, group project, debate competition, track meet, and church choir is a chance to glorify God. Living in a way that glorifies God instead of ourselves will ultimately bring us far more satisfaction. It takes away the pressure to be perfect­­–our failures are a chance to show our humility and dependence on the Lord, and our successes are a chance to celebrate His favor in our lives.

 

What are some areas in your life that God wants to use to bring Him glory?