4 I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus,
5 that in everything you were enriched in Him, in all speech and all knowledge,
6 even as the testimony concerning Christ was confirmed in you,
7 so that you are not lacking in any gift, awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ,
8 who will also confirm you to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Siri has been a remarkable tech gadget for iPhone users. She’s like your own personal assistant, stored right in your phone. She can set reminders for you, play music, make phone calls, send texts and emails, look up a recipe, and complete a variety of other helpful tasks. And with the latest “Hey Siri” voice activation installment, you don’t even need your hands to access her—making her capabilities even more convenient to her clients. You can ask Siri a range of questions, like what the weather is going to be or who won last night’s game.
However, there are some questions (the really important ones) that Siri can’t answer for you: Who am I? Why am I here? What am I supposed to be doing with my life? As great as Siri is, we have to look to God’s Word to find the answers to the crucial questions in life.
Paul’s letter to the church at Corinth sheds some light on the subject of purpose and ability. Paul reminded us that we have power in this life as we eagerly await the return of Christ. God has given our church body every spiritual gift necessary to accomplish the purpose He has called us to.
Furthermore, the church is at its strongest when every member is using his or her spiritual gifts. God expects each of us to find our place in ministry, and to passionately pursue it.
Will we follow God's plan and serve the body of Christ as He intended? If we lack, it is not because God has not given gifts but because we fail to use these gifts rightly. How will you contribute? May we not grumble; may we be grateful. May we not sin; may we serve. May we not complain; may we contribute.
- What has God called you to do? What, if anything, is keeping you from it?
- What does “not lacking in any gift” in this passage mean? Who does this apply to?
- Begin a thankfulness journal. Each day, write something down that you are thankful for. Add one item to the list every day and routinely review this list in prayerful thankfulness.