Day Two: I always thank my God…

1 Corinthians 1:4-7 (NIV) – 4 I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. 5 For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge— 6 God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. 7 Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.

We might… learn from Paul’s opening paragraph something about the practice of giving thanks.  Even though the Corinthian church is riddled with problems, Paul offers a word of thanksgiving to God for the very community that he is setting out to correct.  Despite all present difficulties, he sees this church as the work of God in the world, and he discerns in their midst gifts for which God is to be thanked.  As Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote in Life Together: “If we do not give thanks daily for the Christian fellowship in which we have been placed… then we hinder God from letting our fellowship grow according to the measure and riches which are there for us all in Jesus Christ.” [Hays, R.  Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching: First Corinthians. P. 20]

Let’s thank God for our church and for His church universal.  Give Him thanks for the grace given in Christ Jesus.  Let’s also ask that we will live by His Spirit as we wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.

Continue in thanksgiving with this song – Thank You Jesus (Hillsong) (click here).