Wednesday, January 04, 2023

Calvin: free gifts

Wednesday, January 4, 2023
    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 Corinthians 4:7 (NIV)
    Those talents which God has bestowed upon us are not our own goods but the free gifts of God; and any persons who become proud of them show their ungratefulness.
    ... John Calvin (1509-1564), The Institutes of the Christian Religion, v. I [1559], tr. John Allen, Presbyterian Board of Publication and Sabbath-School Work, 1921, III.vii.4, p. 622 (see the book)
    See also 1 Cor. 4:7; Deut. 8:11-14; 1 Chr. 29:11-14; Pr. 2:6; Hos. 13:6; John 1:11,16; Jas. 1:17
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, make me ever mindful of my stewardship.
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