Thankfulness or Bitterness?

Dolores Nasrallah

READ : John 17:1-5

The popular book Tuesdays with Morrie reminds us to listen carefully to the words of a dying man because they are full of wise insights. In the Upper Room discourse just days before his death Jesus spent intimate time with his disciples. During this time he lifted his eyes to heaven in prayer, giving us a window into his heart.

Rather than expressing anger at his losses, he continually thanked God for everything he had been given. In fact, the word “given” is repeated 13 times in this chapter alone. Jesus saw himself as a faithful “steward,” one who was responsible to care for all that God has entrusted to him. His disciples, his time, his authority, his words, his works, even his glory were “given” to him by God the Father. Wholehearted dependence marked his life. His greatest joy was taking what the Father had given him and giving it back in worship. He ended his days with the satisfaction of knowing that he had finished faithfully and well.

What has God entrusted to you? How can you express your worship to God by being faithful even in the seemingly insignificant things today?


Master, show me how to be more responsible with what you’ve entrusted to me. I want my life to honor you.