Saturday Prayer – All That I Am – Romans 11

For 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?                     1 Cor. 4:7

A source is the point from which something comes or can be obtained.  Think about your body and mind.  With what capabilities were you gifted?  Some of us are gifted with sight, hearing, taste, smell and a nervous system that allows us to feel.  Can you walk and talk?  Can you read and understand?  While not all of us have all of these capabilities, all of us have some of these abilities.  Why?

Did I do something to earn these capabilities?  No.  They were a gift given to me from above.  What about the gospel?  I live in a country that allows the gospel to be preached.  I was raised in a family that allowed me to hear the gospel.  God gave me a brain that allows me to think about the gospel.  And God knitted me together with enough determination to seek him today and tomorrow and the next day.  God has given me the capability to seek the gospel and respond.

God loves me.  Everything that I have is a result of where I was born, who I was born to and how I was knit together in my mother’s womb.  God is at the root of all that I am.  Do not be spiritually arrogant.  All that you are and all that you have is ultimately a result of grace motivated by intense love.  God’s love.

For from him and through him and for him are all things.
    To him be the glory forever! Amen.  Romans 11:36

I call you Father,

because as a good Father you have given me good things.  You are the source of a wonderful creation.  A creation that represents your love and compassion and humor.  You have created me to image yourself.  All of my life, intelligence, courage and determination I give to you to use, because you are the source of all of it.  Someday the part of me that runs or fights against you will be defeated and I will truly reflect the Source in all of your goodness.  Thank you for a heart that is capable of contritely asking your grace and mercy through Jesus.

AMEN

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