Have you ever heard or used the phrase, “Consider the source?” Usually, these words express a rather sarcastic, cutting view of another person’s words or opinions, right? We don’t normally encourage the use of this derisive phrase in church, to be sure. But maybe we should.
Did you know that there’s an excellent theological usage of the phrase, “Consider the source?” These words can point you and me to our wonderful God as the Creator, the Provider, the Supplier of all of our blessings, gifts, assets, resources, abilities, possessions, and talents. God is the Source!
Stop for a few minutes, and make a mental mini-catalog of everything that’s good and positive in your life. Consider the source. Take a few minutes more, and reflect on the life that you have to live this day, with all its positives and negatives, with all its challenges and potential. Consider the source. Spend a final few minutes, thinking about your family, friends and acquaintances, community, church, nation, Planet Earth. Consider the source.
One of the central teachings of the Bible is that our God is the Maker and Owner of all things. Everything we possess, everything we enjoy, everything we utilize day by day, has a source, doesn’t it?
Consider the Source of all that you have, and all that you are. A hymn-writer expresses it beautifully :
We thank you, our Creator, for all things bright and good,
The seedtime and the harvest, our life, our health, our food.
No gifts have we to offer for all your love imparts,
But what you most would treasure – our humble, thankful hearts.
All good gifts around us are sent from heav’n above.
Then thank the Lord, oh, thank the Lord for all his love.
Matthew Claudius, “We Plow the Fields and Scatter” Lutheran Book of Worship, #362
I pray that you’ll thankfully “consider the source” with me this month!
In Christ’s always-active love,
Pastor Wayne Puls