Are you taking care of yourself? Are you talking care of the things that have been put into your possession? Are you taking care of family members? Do you know that all you have, every member of your family, and everyone you see belongs to God?
We want to believe we own things. We want to believe we control our situation. We want to believe we can make our own way. Oh, we might get by with that for a while. If we are one in a million, we might even get by with that for our entire adult life, feeling pretty good about ourselves. However, in the end, we all will answer to God.
I’m not sure about you, but I don’t want to stand before God and feel ashamed that I didn’t take care of the blessings He so graciously gave me. My goal is to do the very best I can with what God has blessed me with. That means I must be in connection with God at all times and realize that He is the Almighty, not me.
We are told that when we humble ourselves before God, recognizing Him for who He truly is, He will lift us up (James 4:10). Everything we are given comes from God (James 1:17). Therefore, if we are going to truly follow Jesus, worshiping the Father, recognizing Him for who He is, we must be humble and grateful for the gifts He has given us. We can show our gratitude by taking care of those gifts.
As a parent, does it not upset you when you give a child a toy and they tear it up? How do you think God feels when we don’t take care of what He has given us? Since everything we have belongs to Him and is a gift from Him, shouldn’t we take care of all of it? Or, would you rather be a disappointment to God?
I pray we all come to the realization that all we have is God’s. I pray each one of us humble ourselves before God. I pray we take care of ourselves, our families, and our possessions. I pray we give thanks to God for all He has blessed us with. See God for who He really is. Thank God for His many blessings. Realize everything belongs to Him.
Job 42:1-6 Then Job replied to the Lord:
“I know that you can do all things;
no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’
Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me to know.
You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.’
My ears had heard of you
but now my eyes have seen you.
Therefore I despise myself
and repent in dust and ashes.”