Where Does my Stuff Come From, and Who Deserves Gratitude

where does my stuff come from

The incidence between Cain and Abel confused me for most of my life.

My thoughts were that Cain worked differently than Abel. Why did God favor one type of work over the other? As I grew in my Christian walk God taught me more about this. He taught me that Cain did not give his best and Abel did. He did not recognize where does my stuff come from truth.

Genesis 4:3-4 And in the course of time, Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground. But Abel brought [an offering of] the [finest] firstborn of his flock and the fat portions. And the Lord had respect (regard) for Abel and for his offering.

1 Corinthians 4:7 7For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?

where does my stuff come from
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where does my stuff come from

In our society ownership is important. We are taught that we work for it, we pay for it. It becomes ours. The idea that it belongs to God is far from our thinking. But think about it, who made the earth, made us, gave us skills to do what we do? Who set things in place that what we own could even be available to us? Only God could do any of this. In Chapters two and three explains how God made the world, and the universe. If it was not for Him to give us the skills to make the things, to do the actions we would have nothing.

where does my stuff come from

Knowing that what we have ultimately comes from the Lord what reaction should we have? How does this make you feel? We work hard for what we have, we spend the hard-earned money to have a level of comfort. Recognizing that all this is only a gift to us could make us feel cheated. I know when I was working I felt like everything I paid for was totally mine. No one gifted it to me, I worked hard for it all. It was not until I sat back and recognized my skills were given to me by God. Without those, I would not be able to earn the money to pay for what I did.

where does my stuff come from

With this truth in mind, I am grateful for the ability to live as I do. To be able to pay for the level of lifestyle that I have. When are you given more than you expected how do you feel? Does it not make you want to give back? To help others or even the person who gave so much to you? This is all God wants. He wants to be recognized as the great life-giver that He is. It is us who messes up what He has given us. He gives us His best it is only fair that we give Him the best of us and the best of our harvest. He does not want it all, only the first part, the best part.

where does my stuff come from

As we give back to God He will bless the rest. Giving the best of us, the best of our harvest is building faith that the rest will carry us through. Faith that God will grow the rest to give for us and our family. Many in America do not know what it is like to really suffer. To wonder where their next meal is going to come from, where they are going to sleep. Yet so many are ungrateful and wondering just how they are going to survive from day-to-day. The poor in America often have computers, a roof over their heads and more. But yet have anxiety how they are going to keep this lifestyle going. When we get past the anxiety, recognize how easy we have it, where it all came from. We can then see that all God wants is a small part back and He will trust us with even more.

where does my stuff come from

How do you feel about all this? Is this truly what you live? Do you think I am wrong or right in my thinking? What do you feel your reaction should be?

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