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1 Corinthians 4:7 For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?

We are God’s workmanship or the product of God (Ephesians 2:10). We are who we are by the grace of God and all we have we received from Him (1 Corinthians 15:10) so we owe Him thanks every day. As the text says “what do you have that you didn’t receive?” Aside from being who we are by the grace of God who among us is not also a product of the contributions and influences of others in our life? You’ve heard the saying, “No man is an island unto himself,” and it is only a self centered person who does not recognize this. We should be thankful and give credit to the contributions of others who have influenced who we are.

There really is no such thing as a self made man unless you can find one that supplied the sperm, egg, and controlled the process of conception, did the carrying for nine months, as well as the birthing, the nursing, the feeding, the wiping, the cleaning, the transporting, and all the providing. You ought to take a moment and thank God for your great grandparents, grandparents, parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, teachers, friends, coaches, pastors, ministers, elders, fellow believers, employers, our nation’s leaders, soldiers, and forefathers just to name a few.

Who among us is not the product of the influences & contributions of others. Give thanks for the people God’s put in your life.

1 Timothy 2:1-2 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and GIVING OF THANKS BE MADE FOR ALL MEN; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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