The Giver and the Gifts

I have been reading You Can Change by Tim Chester.  It is a very helpful and practical book on Christian growth, which I highly recommend.  I am even planning to use it in a Sunday School class this winter in our church.  In the book, one of the issues he addreses is idolatry.  I want to share over the next few days a few quotes to ponder.  The first goes right along with Thanksgiving:

The world is full of good things given by God.  We can, and indeed should, enjoy them.  But they’re meant as bridges to joy in God.  We delight in the gift and the Giver.  We do this by receiving them with thanksgiving.  “For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the Word of God and prayer” (I Timothy 4:4-5).  But a good thing can become a “god-thing” if it eclipses God, if the gift matters more to us than the Giver….  God isn’t the key to the good life (however I choose to define it).  He defines the good life.  He is the good life.  God must be desired for his own sake, not as the purveyor of worldly success.


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