“For all this it is our duty and joy…”

Psalm 119:73

Your hands have made and fashioned me; give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.

1 Corinthians 1:4–5

I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind. 


Fireworks from the Tomball, Texas Fourth of July Celebration

A physician with whom I was acquainted once told me about a procedure he was working on that targeted certain cancer-ridden blood cells and killed only them by a process he was perfecting. I don’t recall the details, nor did I fully understand the process, but even to be working on such a project reveals a remarkable gift of insight and knowledge from God.

Then there are those who design computer programs to edit photographs, build spreadsheets, control whole buildings, and fly airplanes. How are they able to do these things? What moves them to strive for better understanding and more useful applications?

While we might debate such questions, another question remains, and it is far more important than any: Do we realize that such knowledge and understanding comes from God? Do we give him the credit and glory for his gifts to us? Even better: Do we seek to use God’s gifts of knowledge and understanding in ways that express love for God and neighbor? Do we recognize not only the responsibility to do so – that God is our creator – but also our privilege because of his grace at work in us.

The touch of Christ’s love: his sacrificial death, resurrection, promised return, and gift of the Holy Spirit will move us to honor God in every way we apply and use the knowledge and wisdom that God has given us. That is our duty and joy.

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