Your gifts used for God’s glory
I always thank my God for you and for the gracious gifts he has given you, now that you belong to Christ Jesus. Through him, God has enriched your church in every way—with all of your eloquent words and all of your knowledge. This confirms that what I told you about Christ is true. Now you have every spiritual gift you need as you eagerly wait for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will keep you strong to the end so that you will be free from all blame on the day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns. 1 Corinthians 1:4-8
Salvation is a precious gift that comes alone from God. But He did not only give you salvation for He gave you spiritual gifts as well. We were enriched with spiritual gifts but unfortunately we are not using them the way God had purposed to use them. This is what God desires for His children that they will abound in using their gifts to minister to one another. “But just as you abound in everything, in faith and utterance and knowledge and in all earnestness and in the love we inspired in you, see that you abound in this gracious work also” (2 Corinthians 8:7 NASB). When you made the decision to accept Christ as your Lord and Savior you belong to His family and have a special relationship with other believers. The fact that God gave us gifts and brought us to be a part of His family, these should motivate us to live godly lives. God should take control of attitudes, emotions, and actions in the lives of His children. The life we have and the gifts He provided should serve as a testimony of His faithfulness. It becomes a witness of what God is doing in us and through us. The apostle Paul expressed his gratefulness that in his gift of preaching, he can share the message of salvation and exhort others in their Christian walk. Christians at Corinth are longing for the return of Christ but God is more concerned on how they would use the gifts He gave while they wait for His coming. Christian life should be characterized by faithfulness, diligence and cooperation, appropriating the gifts and resources He provided. When we start to live by what we know and believed based on our relationship with God and the truth as revealed in His word, then when He returns He will find us “free from blame.” While waiting pursue a life of service in His church, love one another, and minister for the edification of the body believers. In this way, we are preventing the enemy to gain grounds and take hold of the fellowship. There will be differences of opinion among believers but do not allow those differences prevent you from growing in fellowship with one another.
Noel De Guzman
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