Enriched in everything
“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, even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you, so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ,” 1 Corinthians 1:4-7
Have you ever felt like you were being ineffective in your witness for Christ Jesus? Have you ever been in a position that no matter what you thought to say it just didn’t seem like it would be enough to bring someone to the truth of God’s love? What about the feeling of not being gifted enough to touch and influence the lives around you?
According to today’s reading, God’s grace on you will enrich your life in the areas of speaking, knowing and being gifted to share His message of Salvation and reveal Jesus to those around you. My favorite part of this passage is the word “enriched”. For some reason every time I hear the word enriched, I think of enriching uranium. I know it’s an extremely random and strange thought, but my understanding of enriching uranium in the context of nuclear power is to bring it to its fullest strength or potential. The process is taking something from a useless or inactive state and bringing it to a useful form to its greatest potency. So, to be enriched in all utterance (speech) and knowledge in Him would be to increase to full strength or our greatest effectiveness.
It is not only God’s grace that produces this enrichment in your life. If you continue reading in the chapter, you will find that coming into agreement in speech and getting rid of contention with those you fellowship and worship with, enriches your speaking ability and knowledge of God’s goodness. It also brings your gifts together with others to grow them to their greatest fruitfulness in God’s kingdom progress.
In the same way that components are added to develop uranium to become an armor-penetrating weapon, God’s people can come into agreement to form one body to function properly and powerfully with each other. Concluding that adding God’s gifts to His body of believers and agreeing with each other enriches God’s people to become an armor-penetrating weapon that defeats the enemy and rescues the wounded.
Today I want to encourage you to begin enriching your speech and knowledge of God by adding God’s grace and His goodness to your everyday activity. Start each day receiving His grace so that you are not lacking in any gift needed to be a blessing to others. Ask God to make plain the opportunities in front of you to use the gifts He has given you. Then, position yourself in the body of Christ to do your part so that God’s work can be brought to its fullest potency. In doing this you will accomplish your life’s mission.
Today’s scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 1:4-17