Paul wrote to a church in Corinthians regarding spiritual gifts.  There were people in the church that were regarding some gifts as higher than others.  The people with the “unwanted” gifts wanted the ones that looked neater and that people interpreted as being more blessed.

He starts his letter off (1 Corinthians) like many of his others: with an introduction and thanksgiving.  His thanksgiving hints at what he is about ready to delve into though…

I give thanks to my God for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge — even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you — so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.  God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. – 1 Corinthians 1:4-9

It is very possible that the people with “lesser” spiritual gifts might have felt like they were sort of short changed by God.  No where is there a formula in the Bible for being blessed with a specific spiritual gift.  So, a person who feels like they are on the up and up with their spiritual walk could very well feel kind of short changed if they gauged God’s favor with a certain kind of gift.

Paul debunks this right off in his thanksgiving, saying that “you were in enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge…not lacking in any spiritual gift…”  He also mentions the nature of God revealed through Jesus, “…who will sustain you to the end…God is faithful….”  This is truth, that those who find themselves in Christ are not lacking any spiritual gift, and God will sustain them.

I think this principle can also be taken into other areas where we may feel short-changed by God.  Life happens, and it doesn’t always happen the way we want it.  However, the truths stay the same.  God is the great Sustainer.  He is faithful.  We are called into fellowship with Him.  Our perspective is incredibly limited.  That is not to say that we will know why everything happened to us in this life or even in the next.  There isn’t a brilliant, “A-ha!” moment promised in scripture that we will all of the sudden understand all of the junk in our lives on the other side of heaven.  However, there is fellowship.  There is walking through this life with the Creator of the Universe, who will always be faithful in seeing us through to the end.

Do you feel short-changed by God?  What are some areas where you feel inadequate that Jesus can step in the gap for?


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