1 Corinthians 1:1-9
“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,” vss. 4-5a
Though Paul saw himself as an apostle, he sounds much like a pastor as he writes his letter to the Corinthians. For though we later find that he has heard some disturbing things about this congregation, he begins with words of affirmation that recognize their giftedness. He wants them to know that he admires and cherishes them, that they are indeed a chosen and elect community of faith. That’s really the first thing that should be said about any of us. So often we focus on our shortcomings, the ways we don’t measure up, and forget that God’s grace has been showered upon us all. And more than that, we have been enriched in Christ Jesus, and blessed with spiritual gifts in abundance. We have the forgiveness of sins and the hope of eternal life…there is nothing lacking! And these aren’t just religious platitudes–empty words designed to manipulate us into blameless living. These affirming words actually describe the way we are. When we take them to heart, when we believe them to be true, we become the beautiful people God has designed us to be. The law can’t accomplish this…only grace has the power to change us…and it does!
Thought for the Day: How can grace do such incredible things?