October 2nd 2010

We Are Enriched

“For in him you are enriched in every way – in all your speaking and in all your knowledge.”
1 Corinthians 1:5 (NIV UK)

How do we count richness? Usually we see it physically. For example, lots of money in the bank, or having treasures such as fine art or antiques. Here, however, Paul is referring to spiritual richness.

It is interesting that he is writing to the Corinthian church. Throughout his letters to them it is obvious that Paul thought they were a troubled church. They seemed richer in disunity and strife than they did in spirituality. But Paul looks beyond their problems to what Christ is in them. Christ brings grace to our speaking and humility to our knowledge. In Christ we don’t malign others and nor do we boast about the things we know or can do.

We are all rich spiritually despite our shortcomings. Maybe your church reminds you of the Corinthian church. If so, remember how Paul spoke positively of their giftedness above. Or perhaps you look at yourself and feel negative about your personal spiritual potential. God does not view you or any other believer negatively. Rather he looks at you and sees Christ in you and, with Christ, you are rich in potential.

Let’s thank God for “the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding” (Ephesians 1:7-8).

Eternal God, thank you for making us spiritually rich in Christ Jesus, and help us through the Holy Spirit to enrich the lives of others. In Jesus’ name.

Study by James Henderson 

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