Thanksgiving - Add It All Up!
1 Corinthians 4:7
In 1 Corinthians 4:7, the Apostle Paul wrote something that we need to consider today at Thanksgiving. Please listen as I read it to you. “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?”
Let me tell you a story, a young man was feeling very proud of himself. As a brand-new college graduate he had taken the C.P.A. Exams and passed with flying colors. Now he is a full-fledged Certified Public Accountant. His father who had migrated to the U.S. now owns his own little business.
Filled with self-importance, the young man began to criticize his father’s way of keeping books. He said, “Dad, you don’t even know how much profit you’ve made. Over here in this drawer are
your accounts receivables. Over there are your receipts, and you keep all your money in the cash register. You don’t have any idea how much you’ve made!”
The father answered, “Son, when I came to this country the only thing I owned was a pair of
pants. Now, your brother is a doctor, your sister is an art teacher, and you are a C.P.A. Your mother and I own our home. We have a car, and we own this little business. Now add that up, subtract the pants, and all the rest is profit.”
Add it all up, mga kapatid. That’s exactly what we need to do at Thanksgiving. Add it all up. We came into this world with nothing but the eternal soul that God gave us. Everything else is profit.
God has given us some tremendous blessings. Listen again to the words of this wonderful promise in Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”
Yes, everything will end up good. No matter how bad it could have started. If you have God beside you, it will always end up for the good. But of course, not everything that happens in life can be good. But God promised that if we love Him, and if we’ll let Him work His will in our lives,
“in all things” God will work something for our good.
Then again, Paul makes this tremendous statement in Philippians 4:12-13, “I know what it is to
be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”
What a tremendous blessing it is to be content, to be able to rejoice even in times of hardship, to be able to pray, and to be thankful regardless of the circumstances in which we find ourselves.
In conclusion, our God is big enough to handle it all. And remember, the greatest blessing that you and I and this world have ever received is the indescribable, immeasurable gift of Jesus Christ, as our Lord and Savior.
It is His blood that covers our sins and gives us the assurance that after we depart this life, after all the things we have accumulated have been taken out of our hands, that through Jesus we will receive the greatest gift of all - eternal life in the presence of our Savior and our God. That is His promise to us.
It is enough to make one thankful. I pray that it makes everybody thankful.