1 Corinthians 4:6-13
By Samantha Chambo
For who makes you different than 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).
We are always searching that which makes us different, unique. We are always faced with the question: “What makes me special?” This is a good thing, because our Father made us all with unique personalities, gifts and abilities. It is therefore interesting that Paul here emphasises the fact that we are all the same.
He is addressing a congregation that highlighted their difference in order to elevate self and to marginalise those who did not measure up according to their estimation. Paul reminds them that everything they had where gifts from God. They received their belongings, status, gifts, talents and abilities, appearances and even the opportunities that to learn from God. This made them all the same. This truth applies to us as well. We are and have nothing apart from what is given to us by our Father’s loving generosity.
The fact that we have received everything we are and have from God has important implications for our lives. Firstly, it signifies that we cannot boast and we do not have any reason to succumb to pride because we are just working with what we have received. Secondly, it implies stewardship. What will we do with all that we have received from God (Matthew 25:14-28)? Oswald Chambers said: “Worship is giving God the best that He has given you. Be careful what you do with the best you have. Whenever you get a blessing from God, give it back to Him as a love-gift.”
Let us resolve at the beginning of 2016, to walk in humility as we continue to give our very best for the kingdom of God. Let us use it to make the love of God known to a hurting world.
Think About it
What are the gifts and abilities and resources that you can offer back to God? Which of these creates the greatest temptation towards pride in you?
Look for God’s gifts in the lives of others and affirm them for it. Seek practical ways to use your gifts to uplift those you encounter
Father, help us to do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, help us to value others above ourselves in humility, not looking for our own interest but each of us to the interest of the others (Phil. 2:3-4). Amen.
 My Utmost for His Highest, My Utmost for His Highest, 2005.