From Pastor’s Desk:
I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge. 1 Corinthians 1:4-5 NKJV
Included in the wonderful dispensation of grace is the enrichment in everything we need. Realizing of course that grace is not given until it is needed, and then only as much as needed. Nor is it given a moment too soon, or a moment too late, but always according to God’s exact, impeccable timing.
The purpose of the letter(s) to the Corinthian church was to set some things straight. Here, in the first letter, before dealing with two gifts that were being misused and abused, Paul commends them and reiterates what has been given them, that is, God’s grace. He tells them that it was given them “in all utterance and all knowledge” or, by all the great preachers and teachers they had among them. In other words, they were rich in the word. However, evidently, they were abandoning the depths of the word by focusing on these gifts that were more noticeable.
All the well-rounded teaching they had received and all the principles of the word which they heard was to enrich them in their faith and in their lives in Christ.
What would that speak to us today? God’s “table” that He prepares for us is spiritually nutritious. In all the spiritual blessings, there is nothing lacking. The table is spread with a well-balanced diet of what we need to live the Christian life. But, as in the physical, there are some who are not content to eat a proportionate meal. All that appeals to some is the dessert. Some would concentrate on the meat. Others will say, “That’s not for me, just give me the salad.”
My greatest concern is for those who want to feast on emotion. We all know them. They seek (even if it necessitates going from church to church to get it) after the “hype” of the praise and worship, never settling in one place long enough to become established in the word.
Please don’t misunderstand my thoughts. I’m as emotional, maybe more, that anyone else. I’m Pentecostal and quite frequently act like one. Of all “animated” preachers, I may be chief. But if emotion is all you have, you don’t have much. Emotions can be very misleading. Emotions can run high even in people who are wrong, or sinful.
The grace of God has been given that we might be enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge. It’s been given freely for us to freely partake of it.
Scoot on up to the table prepared for you, but be sure you eat a well-balanced meal.