Bizarre Thanksgiving 1 Corinthians 4:1-9

by Samantha Chambo

Maintaining a spirit of gratitude is difficult. There is just so much that I think is needed and so much that I feel I need to do, but I do not always succeed in the time that I desire to. This creates a constant sense of dissatisfaction, a feeling that there is always something missing. Like a good dish that just misses a bit of salt. This makes it difficult to be thankful for all the blessings that are already available. Logic dictates that things must be as desired before gratitude can be expressed.

Paul writes this letter to the church in Corinth to rebuke and correct some ungodly behaviour and attitudes. But his comprehensive thanksgiving does not let on that there are any problems. Paul affirms the nature of the church; they were saints and called by God. He thanks God for the gifts on their lives and even their sure future in Christ. This is strange for people who were  so obviously out of line.

This must be because the source of all that is good in and for Corinth was from God in Christ. They received grace; they are enriched with grace to convey knowledge of Christ to others. They possessed all the spiritual gifts, obviously from the Holy Spirit and it is God that will keep them firm until the end. Actually everything that Paul is thankful for is a result of the faithfulness of God.

I suppose this is the joy of salvation. It is a sure knowledge that everything is fine because our Saviour is trustworthy. So, I can be content “like a weaned child with its mother” (Psalm 131:2). Then I can be truly thankful for all God’s blessings on my life.

Think about it

Am I able to maintain a bizarre thankfulness even in the face of adversity?

What special blessings do I see in my life today?

For today

Make a gratitude list and thank God for everything on the list. Make time to thank friends and family who have been a source of blessing in your life.

Prayer

Father we come before you with thanksgiving and extol you with music and song. For you are the great God, the great King above all gods (Psalm 95:2-3).

Amen

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