Going Deeper 1-17-20

‚ÄčThe second reading for Epiphany 2...
1 Corinthians 1:1-9  1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes, 2 To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, 5 for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind— 6 just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you— 7 so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. 8 He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

‚ÄčThese opening words of "Pastor" Paul's letter to the church in Corinth are full of warmth and love, and speak of the congregation using very complimentary language: "in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind"... "you are not lacking in any spiritual gift."  Do you think these words could be spoken to every Christian congregation?  Could they be spoken to Zion in Wellington?

Yes!  I would join Paul in greeting the congregation I pastor using language of warmth and love... " I give hanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus."  And I would also encourage you to believe that you have also "been enriched in him... and are not lacking in any spiritual gift."  Our challenge comes in truly believing these words and acting upon them.

We are children of our heavenly Father, who just so happens to be the Creator of the Universe, infinite in knowledge and power and presence.  We a closely linked to Him, and because of that we are capable of being channels through whom God words to do great and important things.  Most importantly, we are capable of both strengthening and extending God's Kingdom.

Could it be true that the only thing that holds us back is our lack of trusting that this is real?  What would be the result if each of us trusted that "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me"?  Food for thought!

With You in Him,

Mark Gabbert, Pastor
Zion Lutheran Church
Wellington, Colorado

"No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care."