Words from the Heart for Saturday August 29th, 2020
Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it but receive it with thanks. For we know it is made acceptableby the word of God and prayer.
I Timothy 4:4-5 (NLT)
Receive It With Thanks
Back in 2014, Heather Wang, a recent immigrant from China, was asked what she was most thankful for in Canada. She replied, “In Canada my thanks is for clean air, the ecosystems and the multicultural society. I can do chores in different seasons in Canada without worrying about the air pollution. I can closely watch wild animals without going to the zoo. One minute I am having a coffee on the urban street and the next minute I am just walking in the forests or skiing in the mountains. It’s incredible.”
In James 1:17 the Bible tells us that “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” Every good thing you have in your life is a gift from the Creator God, who loves you deeply. The Bible tells us this over and over again, right from the first chapter. Paul the apostle would remind his young friend about the same thing in 1 Timothy 4:4-5: “Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it but receive it with thanks. For we know it is made acceptable by the word of God and prayer.” In the early church, legalists were insisting in order to be a follower of Jesus, you had to abstain from eating certain food. God had already revealed the opposite to Peter in his vision at Simon the Tanner’s house and a church council had confirmed this. But the battle for salvation by grace through faith alone seems to one that is ongoing. Don’t let anyone tell you that you need to do something or act some way to earn salvation. It is a free gift.
These have been words from the heart.